"'Are you certain, Myrddin?' Arthur whispered anxiously. 'Everyone is watching. What if it will not work?'"
"'It will, as you say, "work." Just do as I have told you.'"
"Arthur nodded grimly, and stepped up to the great keystone where the sword stood, its naked blade stuck fast in the heart of the stone."
Thus begins the grand vision of Britain's greatest monarch, revealing a new side to the dearly loved tales of King Arthur.
In a forgotten age of darkness a magnificent king arose to light the world. They called him unfit to rule — a lowborn, callow boy. But his coming had been foretold in the songs of the bard Taliesin. He had learned the uses of power from his guide and protector, Merlin. He was Arthur, Pendragon of the Island of the Mighty — who would rise to legendary greatness in a Britain torn by violence, greed and war; the Lord of Summer who would usher in a glorious reign of peace and prosperity... and whose noble, trusting heart would be broken by treachery.