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.
After waking, Eragon clears his mind and asks Saphira how she is doing, and who it is that has helped them. He sees the man who rescued them by the fire and learns that his name is Murtagh. Murtagh has apparently been tracking the Ra’zac himself. Still in pain from the kick to his ribs, Eragon cannot quite stand. Apparently Brom is much worse off though, and when Eragon and Saphira try to heal his wound they find they cannot because the wound is too deep.
Eragon decides to make a litter to carry Brom with them and tries to tell Murtagh to leave them, but Murtagh refuses and it’s agreed that he will travel with them. Saphira carries Brom with the other two men on horses. Soon enough they must stop because Brom is too ill, resting in a cave for the night where Brom cannot drink any water.