It is the near future. After a cataclysmic religious conflict, the Global Caliphate rules the planet, imposing its ultra strict version of Sharia upon everyone. In the bombed out ruins of San Francisco, where ninety percent of the population was put to the sword, a teenage Billy Tepeson survives on his wits. Billy, a short green eyed urchin from old Central European stock, is struggling to hide his blossoming attraction to other men from the terrible gaze of the religious police. But he has another, even more frightening problem. In his dreams, he is visited by an awesome presence, an entity claiming to be an ancient ancestor, that calls itself Vlad, and offers to bestow on him membership of a powerful Order that alone may oppose the Caliphate: the Order of the Dragon!