'Ten pence, ten pence, ' the parrot squawked, turning its head to fix him with one beady eye, 'tell your future for ten pence.' Stephen Beech is just an ordinary boy living in an ordinary world. or so he's been led to believe. What he doesn't know is that his mother hasn't been wholly honest about who he really is, and now the truth is catching up with him. In a distant "When" a crisis has occurred: the vote to choose the next King Elect of the elven Council of Elders has been tied. Without a King, they are unable to govern the lands, unable to enforce laws, and worst of all, unable to stop the impending war. There is nothing more they can do, as all the elves have voted! All except one that is. or rather half of one. He just doesn't know it yet.