Demons are invading the Midlands for the first time in centuries. The farmers have no defences against the murderous creatures. Ordinary soldiers are useless against demons, for the ability to resist a demon's power - a projection of paralyzing fear - cannot be taught. Garet's life is forever changed the night his Midlands family is attacked. Demonstrating a rare talent for resisting demon fear, Garet is taken to the city of Shirath to become a Demonbane: one who can withstand the demons' psychic assault, trained in combat, and learned in demon lore.