Former earthman Tarl Cabot has been struggling in vain to free himself from the cruel control of the priest-kings of Gor. As he pits his strength against these formidable enemies, a terrible beast appears from the mysterious northern lands, bearing a token of the demise of Tarl’s once-beloved woman Talena. The missive is a sign of defiance and disrespect from Tarl’s enemies, meant to humiliate him and force him to challenge them in response. To gird his weapons and set out on a mission of vengeance against those who sent the beasts means that Tarl must jeopardize his fortune and position as a wealthy slave merchant. But he is no longer practical and calm as he was on Earth. He must conform to the social codes of Gor, where the only way to avenge one’s wounded manhood is to respond with all one’s might.