Eragon, a young adult fantasy novel, is the first book in the Inheritance Cycle. It tells the story of a young boy named Eragon who hatches a dragon, Saphira, out of a mysterious stone he finds in the woods. Eragon bonds closely with Saphira and becomes a dragon rider, drawing the attention of the evil king Galbatorix, who sends his servants, the Ra'zac, to kill him. While escaping from the Ra'zac, Eragon and his mentor Brom become embroiled in plots against the evil king.
The following days are spent learning the alphabet and letter sounds; the evenings filled with sparring. During their stay, they learn of more missing ships and murders in the city. After a week of practicing, Brom decides Eragon knows enough to help him with the shipping records. That night, while sleeping, Eragon has a dream of a young woman in a cell, crying and in pain. He wakes himself in tears and upset by the dream.