Imagine how this could have happened and the dramatic consequences for local peoples.
Throll is a youth who is a down trodden and bullied member of just such a tribe. It has forsaken war but is still embroiled in bitter conflict with a ruthless neighbour. His personal struggles epitomise his people as they fight for survival on the steppes. He befriends a dog and a horsia (horse in their ancient language).
Together with a determined young girl, and probably the world’s first true construction engineer, they set about reversing his and the tribes’ fortunes.
They all start to benefit from many advances including in particular a closer association with domesticated horses.
But even as they look like succeeding, an ancient and terrible enemy looms on the horizon. Alliances are formed and history accelerates for a short time as so many advances are made in this fast moving tale.
Can Throll and his friends succeed and cement the changes they are making in their tribal society, or will they vanish in the ebb and flow of the tides of history?