The story begins during a time of tension between the countries of Na and Calcir. The two have always been enemies of one another due to cultural differences, but it is only recently that this struggle has taken the form of offensive action. This has been brought on by the rapid development and wealth of Calcir due to its friendly trading relations with the neutral nation of Farpass. Within her own borders, Calcir faces another struggle. A revival to return to early traditions and religions is resulting in a great deal of turmoil. Those in academic and government positions are especially threatened. During the events that follow, many people from all three nations face new challenges. How they deal with these and live in the midst of a turbulent period makes up the content of the story.