Erinn is under attack by an evil magician who has enlisted the Scáileanna (Dark Elves) as allies. The Dark Elves are cruel and debased and have managed to kill the foremost Bard in the land. Their "master" is the False Hunter. The False Hunter wants to trap and kill the Elk to stop the Hunt and the Cycle of Good and Evil - in Evil's favor. To kill the Hunter would just mean he failed in the Hunt. The Dark would win, but the hunt would continue in the next cycle of ten years.
There have been attacks by the Dark where they didn't dare attack before, and they are protected form the light of day by a great spell. Meanwhile, the Hunter has hopelessly lost the Elk's trail as well as the special weapon he needed to kill it, and finds he has picked up a band of Dark Elves who are after him, and a Pooka companion he helped along the way. An Dagdha decreed that sidhe who are helped by humans must repay the debt, or die trying -- yes the Pooka repays the debt at last. The Hunter sneaks into certain strongholds of the Dark for various reasons, like looking to rebuild his spear, and learn more about who's behind the nvasions. The forces of Evil are set back and Secrets are revealed. The Hunter is quite a character - bard, adventurer, and above all --Hero. The book is a great read and its well worth the time to find it. But it will take some small effort to understand the Gaelic -- by the end of the book, you'll understand at least some Gaelic !! **** Four Pentacles.