In a land of dragons, where citizens called breeders tame their dragon pals, races of dragons are born from breeders who are given a Seikoku: a dragon star-shape brand. Learning to ride and tame dragons comes easy to most students at Ansarivan Dragonar Academy — except for first-year student Ash Blake, who is known by his fellow classmates as the “number one problem child”.-At a time when the balance of nature still held the civilizations of mankind in thrall, a single drought could spell the end of a society and doom its inhabitants to piteous deaths. Prince Chagum has been imbued with the power to stave off the drought and bring new life to his empire. However, this is a suspicious time, and he is accused of possession by an evil spirit. Court advisors only see one solution. Chagum must be put to death by his own father’s hand. His salvation is in the form of Balsa, a spear woman and mercenary from Kanbal, the kingdom across the mountains. Her skills are legendary, and although reluctant, she is held by a mysterious vow to save eight souls before she dies. Can she fend off an entire empire and make Chagum her eighth soul?