TÚrin is born into a Middle–earth crushed by the recent victory of the Dark Lord, Morgoth, and his monstrous army. The greatest warriors among Elves and Men have perished and TÚrin's father, HÚrin, has been captured. For his defiance, HÚrin's entire family is cursed by Morgoth to be brought down into darkness and despair.
But, like his father, TÚrin refuses to be cowed by Morgoth and as he grows so does the legend of the deadly hero. In a land overrun with marauding Orcs, TÚrin gathers to him a band of outlaws and gradually they begin to turn the tide in the war for supremacy of Middle–earth.
Then Morgoth unleashes his greatest weapon: Glaurung, Mightiest of Dragons, and he proves an unstoppable foe. As the Dragon carves a fiery swathe through Middle–earth there remains only one man who can slay him, but to do that he will first have to confront his destiny.