The Temple Troop has dominated Monkey City for years, but times are changing. Internal friction and power plays for the throne weaken them. And their ancient foes, the Black Claws, dream of overthrowing them and their home - the food-rich Fig Tree Vale.
Aging king Lear must fend off potential rebellion for hiw crown within the Temple Troop. Meanwhile, the Temple Troop's ancient foes, the Black Claws, are streetwise and thirsting for battle. War is brewing in Monkey City.
The aging Lear's benign leadership has come to a bloody end. The brutal new King Hector is using any excuse to exert his authority. Meanwhile, the Black Claws make their initial plot to take over Fig Tree Vale.