Shrewd, snarky sixteen-year-old orphan and street urchin Pagan Kidrouk enters The Knights Templar
in twelfth-century Jerusalem, seeking work as a squire. He finds himself assigned to Lord Roland Roucy de Bram, an excessively stoic and chivalrous knight whom Pagan nicknames "Saint George". As the book progresses, Pagan discovers the human being behind Roland's apparently emotionless exterior. He and Roland become unlikely friends, and Pagan remains fiercely loyal to the knight throughout the series.
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