Colum back in a role he has not attempted for a long time --narrative poet. One cannot help but feel some regret that he did not leave well enough alone, for here he is inconsequential and unsuccessful, as poet, but adroit in his presentation of the feel of the time and the primitive people of whom writes. This is the story of one of Ireland's legendary rulers, the man who inaugurated the Iron Age. The shock of his father's death and his uncle's villainy robs him of speech, and it takes love to bring it back to him. Then he makes a trip to Gaul, secures ship, men and iron weapons, returns and regains his throne and bride.