Skirting the ever-growing threat of Turan, Conan traverses the Hyborian kingdoms to end up in Argos where he joins a band of mercenaries before heading to Stygia. From here he drifs westward to have an adventure in The Vale Of Lost Women. By the end of The Pool Of The Black One Conan is a Zingaran freebooter. As he heads eastward, he meets up with Valeria, and as mercenaries they help guard the southern frontier of Stygia. Red Nails ends with Conan and Valeria heading west before Conan heads East pursuing a tale of legendary lost treasure in the Jewels of Gwahlur.