This is a good book. The characters are interesting--everyone has a different outlook on life. Gareth is the narrator. He starts out as a serf in Ireland, and due to a curse, is sent to work for Trystan in Britian. However, Trystan manages to get himself banished from Britain, and then sends for Gareth to come to Amorica. By this time, Gareth is a lord in his own right, and companion of King Arthur.
The Arthurian legend is often mentioned in conjunction with this book. And although Arthur & Gwenevere play a role in the book, they aren't the main focus. Gwen & Lancelot are only mentioned once, and even then it is in passing. Arthur plays the larger role because he is commander of the troops of which Gareth & Trystan are members.
I liked the people in the book, and I thought that Ms. Hawks did a good job bringing them to life. Be warned--this book can be rather depressing. It is full of lost loves, curses, death and people just trying to survive.