In the Second Age, The Dragon subdues the Dark One and his disciples in a mystical prison. The Third Age has begun and the Dragon is gone, but reborn in a boy who doesn't yet know his supreme calling. Time is precious, for the prison degenerates and the Dark One can soon work his evil. Only the boy, Rand, can stop him. From his prison, the Dark One wills his warriors to destroy the Rand's village. But Moiraine, a servant of The Dragon, comes with her Protector. They fight off the warriors and whisk away Rand. He's destined for Tar-Valon, the island city of the Aes Sedai, where he'll discover his power. Can the Dark One stop his journey?