A simple farmer is just trying to get through life without getting into trouble when a bizarre catastrophe occurs that strips him of his identity and strands him in the affairs of the eccentric family of gods running his world.
In so many stories about fantasy worlds, the protagonist encounters some ancient gods who have been locked away for zillions of years, and possess incredible wisdom. They are usually reserved, grave, dignified, and powerful. They point the protagonist in the right direction and aid him in every way they can, which is usually not so very much. They vaguely recall massive wars and squabbles with each other that stretched over hundreds of years and impacted the lives of mortals worldwide. Their histories, and their motives, are mysterious. Grayling is a story about a few such gods and how they got that way.