Leigh Bardugo's best-selling Grishaverse novels provide the inspiration for a fantastical eight-part adventure, which lays the groundwork for a long-running franchise. The story unfolds in the kingdom of Ravka where orphaned soldier Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li) discovers she possesses an extraordinary power that could save her war-torn world. The realm is under threat from the monstrous Shadow Fold and Alina is forcibly enlisted into an elite army of soldiers known as Grisha commanded by General Kirigan (Ben Barnes). Alina struggles to hone her unique power and channel it against dark and seductive forces swirling around her, including a crew of charismatic criminals called The Dregs led by Kaz Brekker (Freddy Carter). To fulfil her destiny, Alina must learn that it will take more than magic to save herself and the people she loves, especially her best friend Mal (Archie Renaux).