Moiraine Damodred and her best friend Siuan Sanche are both studying to become Aes Sedai, though they still have a way to go. By chance they witness a prophecy that speaks of the Dragon Reborn that piques their curiosity to say the least. But they are sworn to secrecy. That doesn’t mean, though, that they can’t try to do some investigating of their own. Meanwhile Lan Mandragoran is a commander in the Aiel War, but unforseeable consequences take him into the middle of political intrigue where he really doesn’t want to be.
I got my hands on a collection of all The Wheel of Time books, and that collection starts with this novel. Which is fair enough because it is set before the main story, but it still probably wasn’t the best choice to start the series with it.