Born the bastard son of a Welsh princess, Myridden Emrys or as he would later be known, Merlin leads a perilous childhood, haunted by portents and visions. But destiny has great plans for this no-man's-son, taking him from prophesying before the High King Vortigern to the crowning of Uther Pendragon . . . and the conception of Arthur king for once and always.