Washed-up seventies glam rock star and British ex-pat, Harrington Gloss, has been contracted to write a fantasy novel. As the deadline looms, he is at a loss as to how to begin, never having written a novel before in his life. Help arrives when he ducks into the Gryphon’s Claw Cafe one fateful evening. He meets there a prickly lesbian rock diva, Kincaid McAllister, and inspiration takes hold.
The would-be writer embarks on a fictional tale about a scarred and battle-hardened medieval knight-errant, Sir Fenmar of Raventry, the preeminent warrior of the age. Sir Fenmar is sent on an improbable quest into the Jagged Mountains by Princess Isabella of Castle Splendour. His assignment? To locate a mythical dragon she believes can save the kingdom from a mysterious calamity that has befallen it. So begins a serpentine and scaly saga, which parallels and finally intersects its writer’s own story as it builds to a climax, pitting its heroes against a diabolical evil and impossibly long odds as the fate of the world hangs precariously in the balance.
As the hero, Sir Fenmar, is given a final shot at redemption, can his hapless author, Harrington Gloss, find a way to transform his own destiny?