In a small village, a long time ago, young Ryo is desperate for excitement and adventure. When he sees a lone warrior chase bandits away from his home, he realises how he can find it. He learns the man is from a secret group of warriors known only as
the `Hidden Ones'. He decides immediately that he is going to leave home, to train to become a fighter. Setting out on his journey to find his way in the world, Ryo will meet brave warriors, wise hermits, and heart- breaking tragedy. His quest and the people he meets along the way lead him to an understanding of what it means to follow his dream, and where his place in the world truly lies.
Tony Mitton is a poet and a writer for children. His publications include books of lyric and narrative verse across a wide age range, verse picture books and his first novel Potter's Boy. He has received many awards for his books, most recently the CLPE children's poetry award for his narrative verse book Wayland. He lives in Cambridge with his wife. They have two grown-up children.