As the mighty queen of an enchanted kingdom, Gwynfir models the role of responsibility to women and men alike. Her act of betrayal to Arthre, the king, can be seen to have set dire consequences to the kingdom as well as into the corridors of time ahead.
Merlin, the one who is closest to understanding all about most things—the knowledge of all and the truth of everything—creates a progeny of apprentices and assistants who will follow his work.
One such nameless person is the Lady of the Lake, the narrator of this story. She is given the task to prepare herself, with Merlin as her guide, to go forward into the twenty-first century and to use her powers of the sacred arts to bring back a balance of integrity to the roles of men and women. This takes place in a somewhat unexpected way.