The world of Sensicry is caught in an intermittent war with the demigod Malachi. While he slumbers, for 200 years at a time, there is peace. When he’s awake the Sencrysians send seven avatars to fight him in games overseen by the war gods. If the avatars fail, Sensicry is enslaved by Malachi. If they defeat him, Malachi becomes a slave to their world. The outcome persists until the demigod leaves for another 200 years of rest. This cycle has played out again and again throughout millennium.
Malachi never used to lose the war. Then the war gods handicapped him by giving him a sexual appetite and the capacity to fall in love. He became fixated on Jace, the avatar from the most prominent country of Sensicry. Every time Jace is reincarnated to fight for his land he’s forced to accept his destiny: he is the Belovéd of their enemy.