The Companions of the Hall are together again. The call has come to Bruenor. It is time for him to return to Mithril Hall and take up the kingship. So the companions set out for the great city of the dwarves. Along the way they encounter hostile forces, but they seem to treat the entire trip as a light adventure. Unknown to them a new force is rising. The orc chieftain Obould is raising the tribes living in the Spine of the World. They are moving out in force. Obould is no ordinary chieftain. He has bigger aim in mind. He will come to see himself as the founder of a new nation.
The orc forces encounter the Companions and their Dwarven guard in a town. The defense of the city seems hopeless. Drizzt goes out to fight the frost giants who are helping the orcs. In the battle he is swept from his friends. He believes that they are all slain. Now the Hunter has returned. Drizzt lives only to slay more orcs, but what can he do against a host this mighty?