Idealistic and full of hope, Jak Barnswallow grows weary of wasting his youth on his father's farm. He wants to make a difference in the world. He wants to be a hero.
Welcome to Genesis, a continent on the brink of a genocidal war. Two powerful nations stand at each others' throats, both with rigid ideologies that demand the annihilation of the other. In the middle stands beautiful Chateau Cascade, the castle on the waterfall. Young Jak dreams of the Chateau and of becoming one of its glorious Cascadian Knights, the keepers of this world's peace.
Times are changing for Jak and for Genesis. When he is thrust into the midst of a conflict that looms large over the entire world, he must decide for himself what kind of man he truly wants to be. Unlikely and decidedly unideal companions join him on this dangerous adventure, teaching him that sometimes a hero is not what you might expect or want it to be.
Above his struggle, the mysterious Lady Acelia, queen of the Chateau, watches, waits, and machinates. All will serve as pawns in her schemes.