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At once taciturn and cold to a fault, Squall has all the makings of a calculating mercenary. He, his instructor Quistis, and two of his classmates have graduated from the prestigious Balamb Garden to become members of the elite fighting force known as SeeD.
On their first away mission, Squall and his comrades meet with the Forest Owls, a resistance group opposed to Galbadia and its militaristic domination of the world at large. The Owls' leader, Rinoa, had actually crashed the graduation ball in order to muster support for their cause. She and Squall met completely by accident; and for her, it was love at first sight. Squall, however, refused to notice, as he was focused on his newfound duties as a SeeD.
So begins the story of a young man who has built for himself an impenetrable wall, and of the friendships and love that will break it away. His journeys will take him to far corners of the globe to prevent an even greater threat to the world. In the process, his relationship with Rinoa and the perils they face together will awaken the noble beast that dwells within him.