Jerry is the first of the "Newcomers." He is dragged out of his comfortable (yet directionless) life as a college student in Southern California to play a part in "The Prophesy" which makes a vague reference to someone who might be him. The only person who is said to understand "The Prophesy" is Bob the Wizard. But when Jerry finally finds him, he is so deeply embroiled in his own political maneuvers that Jerry is left more confused than ever.
Pursued by both sides of the war he is prophesized to end, Jerry is pushed through a world with a myriad of different types of magic. He is confronted by a diverse collection of foes, joined by a diverse collection of friends, and forced to deal with an even larger collection of personalities who's motivations are unclear. In the end it's all he can hope for to find somewhere to stop and think.