If you are considering buying this book then you dont need to know the storyline, but you seem to looking for other peoples opinions on whether it would be a good choice. The simple answer is that if you have read the first 3 books in the series then you would be mad to stop now. This is without a doubt the fourth best out of the first four books, but it is still a great read. at no time during the reading of this book did I lose interest and I would frequently sit up late reading because I literally could not put it down. Stories do not come much better than this! If you haver not read the first 3 books then don't buy this - buy Wolf of the Plains - but be warned you will have 4 more books to read after it, and be in no doubt that you will want to read them.