* The story opens with Pug and Laurie working in the swamp where they are slaves to the Tsurani.
* Pug is from the land called Midkemia and was an apprentice to a sorcerer but doesn't tell anyone.
* Anyone that is not Tsurani is called barbarian. The overseer is named Nogamu although he is a slave too.
* Pug and Laurie cut a rotten tree which pushes Pug in the water. Laurie tries to save him and Nogamu wants to punish Laurie for that.
* A Tsurani comes by and openly rebukes Nogamu.
* Nogamu sneaks into Pug and Laurie's tent to kill them but that take his knife and stab him.
* The same Tsurani who had rebuked Nogamu earlier came by, saved the boys and hanged Nogamu.
* The Tsurani is the son of the owner and asks the boys who should be the new overseer.
* They tell him of a...
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