Aron's peaceful life on his father's farm is suddenly disrupted one day when the crown prince of the realm shows up. He sees the village darling, beautiful Coraline, and he arranges for her to come to the court at the palace far away in the capital city. Coraline has been Aron's heartthrob so he makes a rash statement and gets commandeered into the royal army along with his adopted brother. Another village girl joins them to start a new life under the control of the prince. A bad situation gets continuously worse for all of them, though in different ways. Aron must grow up in a hurry and deal with some very difficult issues as he tries to cope with impossible problems in a society warped by the total power of the nobles over the citizenry. They see them as pawns for their use. Aron's inner strength and his refusal to fail drive him to overcome terrible setbacks to him and his beloved. Traumas are powerful agents of change in their lives.