It is the 288th year since Aegon's Landing. Robert Baratheon won the Seven Kingdoms and his crown on the banks of the Trident five years ago. While the armies have disbanded, and the Great Lords returned to their halls, the Riverlands remain a cradle of contention. The wealth of fertile fields and waters running with trade sit at stake. The Terricks of Terrick's Roost seek to defend to what is theirs against the threat of Ironborn from the western waters, as well as against the ambitions of their old rivals the Naylands of Hag's Mire. The Terricks answer to the Mallisters of Seagard, traditional defenders of the Riverlands, while the Naylands bend knee to the Freys of The Twins, a rich and rising house. In the years between the Games of Thrones, the fates of families are decided. This is the story of two such families and the smallfolk whose fates hang upon the contest betwixt their betters.