So, humm, some backstory. Dude and girl, friends, both around 20, flee their burning home city, which is assaulted by demons and other dark stuff. When they arrive on another island, there grows a tacit agreement between the two of them to abandon the past. Of course, they struggle with this, but that's backstory. And the story itself: Ten years pass. They're 30 now. Their home city was rebuilt, to an extent, from what they've heard. But war comes to it again, rumours of dark creatures prowling close. The guy is now a somewhat powerful magician, a bit of a hermit. He realises that he'd never made peace with the past, and now, stronger than he was in his youth, he decides to return to the city to check up on things. But he's also got new things in his life: he's become a priest, has a lot of work to do, and some other things. The girl doesn't want to come, because she's remade her life, and sees no point in dredging up the past. Blah blah, more plot stuff, people who see profit in exploiting a falling kingdom (though it's not a kingdom, per se, what with there being no king and stuff) deciding to tag along, etc. So, is this reasonable, or unbelievably contrived? Also wow, while reviewing this post I got an unbelievable tingly feeling that there's a verbatim copy of this plot somewhere out there already.