Kian, the Glorious Dawn, earned his name in childhood when it became obvious that he had inherited his mother’s famous beauty.
Edaine of the Waters was the most beautiful sidhe woman of her age. She was courted by all of the Sons of Dagda, among the richest and most powerful princes of Faerie, but at long last she gave her heart to Prince Eoin, the youngest son. Eoin was neither particularly rich nor powerful, but he was kind and loving, and his gentleness won Edaine’s love. They were married and in time Edaine gave birth to a son, Kian. Soon after the boy’s birth, Eoin fell in battle and rather than live without her love, Edaine chose to fade into mist and memory. Kian, now an orphan, was taken in by his uncle, King Anluan, who had been one of Edaine’s most ardent suitors, even though he already had a Queen.
Anluan made Kian companion to his own son, Prince Senan, but the boys were raised very differently. Kian was taught dance, music, and poetry while Senan was taught swordplay and politics. Rumors abounded that Anluan was grooming Kian to take Edaine’s place in his affections.
When Kian was twelve, Prince Midhir the Proud came to Anluan’s court. Angry at a perceived slight, Midhir kidnapped both of the young princes. Senan he took to raise as his own, but Kian was taken to strike at Anluan. Midhir brutalized and violated young Kian, and then left him for dead in the wilds of Faerie.
Kian was found by a wandering half-sidhe knight named Etienne. Etienne, upon learning that Kian’s father was Prince Eoin, a kind figure from Etienne’s own past, swore to protect the young prince and nursed him back to health. They travelled Faerie for many years together, and finally came to the Mortal Realm where they encountered a group of therian wolves who were members of a medieval recreation group. The two sidhe were welcomed into this pack and lived among them for a year.
Etienne and Kendrick, the King of the wolf pack, taught Kian many of the things his royal uncle had omitted from his education. Together, they taught him swordplay, horsemanship, strategy, and warfare. Kian and Etienne were content among the wolves and would have happily stayed among them much longer if fate had not intervened in the form of a magazine article about a computer securities magnate who bore the face of Kian’s nightmares. This was the man who had kidnapped him and at his side was Kian’s young friend Prince Senan, who Kian had thought was dead. Kian convinced Etienne that they must rescue his childhood friend.
Upon reaching Seahaven, Washington, Kian and Etienne realize that they are going to need more help to get Senan out of the heavily guarded Moore Computer Securities. They seek out the help of a wizard who Etienne had befriended during the Second World War, only to find that he and his extended family are almost all gone. The only help left is one wizard girl, barely older than Kian, and she has problems of her own. But even so, she offers help and place to rest, even as danger threatens from all sides…