One day, Eragon finds a polished blue stone when he is hunting in the forest. He thinks only that it might be able to help feed his family during the winter. But when a baby dragon hatches out of it, he realizes he has accidentally stumbled upon an ancient legacy as old as the Empire itself. Overnight, his life is shattered and he is forced to embark on a dangerous journey through the Empire that is ruled by an evil king who wants to kill him. With only the help of a powerful sword and an old storyteller, will he be able to take on the duties of a dragon rider and save the Empire?