The Raid is the first book in Eickhoff's three-volume, contemporary rendering of Ireland's Ulster Cycle.
As the action begins, Queen Maeve has declared war upon the province of Ulster in an effort to take possession of the Brown Bull of Cooley. Ultimately, this is an attempt to match the wealth of her husband, King Ailill of Connacht, who owns a magnificent white bull.
Only Cuchulainn, a boy warrior, stands between Ulster and certain annihilation. Supported by the Morrigan, the goddess of war, he begins a reign of terror against the Connacht warriors. In Cuchulainn's heroic stand, the reader finds the genesis of the determination of the Irish people—that is, their will to stand alone against oppression.