Richard is a young man who is snatched from his village by a band of marauding horsemen. He is taken into captivity, but eventually escapes and finds his way to a monastery, where the monks train him in the arts of warfare and academics. They name him Nighthawk because of his great fighting prowess. Soon, he joins a band of men who fight for King Alfrede the Brave. Nighthawk has many adventures and finally, after eleven years, he finds his way back to his former village of Crosslanes. It is at this time that Nighthawk is most needed. Crosslanes is in a time of great upheaval and bandits have been looting and burning. His village is in the midst of terror and it is w that Nighthawk will try to avenge the evil that has befallen his people.