Gritty pain and true fear soon convince Jon Andrews that he is not dreaming when he finds himself in what appears to be medieval Europe. Captured by the king's soldiers, a wizard of the Holy Order reveals that the stranger carries the legendary sword Vandermine and that it is dead iron in the hands of anyone else. Jon is soon pressed into service joining a desperate quest to slay Cravos, the would-be conqueror of the kingdom and violator of all the laws of the Holy Order in unleashing forbidden and wildly destructive magics. Jon must learn from his comrades the skills necessary for survival in this brutal world before it is too late ..... This is not the way a fun loving college football player would normally choose to spend his Saturday.