The king is a scholar who expected to become a priest. The queen was betrothed to king's brother until her own dream, and her scheming father, led her to the new king. The warrior is a woman who lost her home and family in a surprise invasion. The thief is, well, a thief, but also a brother desperate to make a living and care for his younger sister. Together and apart they and others must protect the kingdom from a trade war, invading armies, and religious fanatics in order to fulfill an ancient prophecy about the Dreaming Child.