Young Gladdieus is an orphan boy. He lives near the only military complex in his town. He wishes that one day, he will be able to march with the military.
Later down the road, he hears word of that the military is recruiting soldiers. He then goes to the line of young men waiting to become soldiers.
While in the line, he witnesses two criminals hung for their crimes. He never knew what went on inside of the complexes walls. He did not like what he saw. He ran away, back to the orphanage, in fear.
He was soon to find out that the only way he would get away from the orphanage would to become part of the military.
A while after he began his training with the new soldiers, an older leader came to at night. He wanted to personally train Gladdieus. They began training every night for 5 years straight. The man had told him not to tell anybody what they were doing.
Over the five years of training, Gladdieus meets other soldiers his age. He later finds out that most of the other soldiers his age are part of a secret team of hardened elites. He is now at the age of 21. His closest friend goes by the name of Fredrik.