Seventeen-year-old Connor Coleman is the last of a dying breed of quarter staff fighters in England of the near-future. His father has taught him nearly everything there is to know about quarter staff fighting. He knows the styles of the six animals—cat, fox, hawk, stag, boar, and bear—and hopes to master them all.
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The only problem with mastering the styles is getting Connor’s father sober enough to help him. Connor has been following his father around England for the last year, fighting others with his quarter staff in a loosely organized gambling ring. Connor is tired of fighting and hopes to escape this lifestyle so he can return to a peaceful life.
All of Connor’s plans come unhinged when his father joins the crew of a cargo ship which travels the world looking for others to battle with sticks and staffs in illicit competitions.
With the help of a beautiful girl he takes under his protection, Connor hopes to escape the brutal combat circuit. Ultimately, he must decide whether to fight against everything he despises or retreat to the peaceful life he has always longed for.