Gen, short for Euginedes, touts himself as the greatest thief in the land. When he gets caught the king's magus offers him a deal he can't refuse. The magus knows the location of a magic stone and whoever possesses the stone will be the king. The magus wants the stone for his king. Gen agrees.
This book is full of adventure with twists and turns everywhere. I am re-reading it after having read it many years ago and loved it just as much as the first time. I can't wait to dig into the second book of this series.