As a child, the only way for him to survive is if no-one knows his true identity, apart from a trusted few. As a young man he travels the length and breadth of the western world on adventurous routes. He fights life-or-death tournaments, defeats a dragon, and gets caught up in the turbulent power struggle of two enemy empires - all without suspecting that he is the potential heir to one of them. When he falls in love, it ends in tragedy: the lovers are separated and Tristan is banished from the court of the king whom he was supposed to succeed. All this and much more makes up the legend of Tristan - a story that holds up a magic mirror to an entire era. Martin Grzimek brings the Middle Ages alive in all its sparkling colours, a time which is unjustly called the dark ages -its splendour shines all the way through to the present times. Not for nothing are Tristan and Isolde a symbol of great, all-consuming love to this very day.