In Skandia, there is only one way to become a warrior. Boys are chosen for teams calledbrotherbands and must endure three months of gruelling training in seamanship, weaponsand battle tactics. It's brotherband against brotherband, fighting it out in a series ofchallenges. There can be only one winner.When Hal Mikkelson finds himself the unwilling leader of a brotherband made up ofoutcasts, he must step up to the challenge. The Heron brotherband might not have thestrength and numbers of the other two teams, but with inventiveness, ingenuity and courageon their side, they might just surprise everyone.