A Game of Thrones takes place in medieval times, with a kingdom of knights and ladies and a larger, exotic world surrounding it. This world has long seasons, is poorly governed, and a power struggle is about to break out.
Eddard is approached by Robert, Eddard's foster brother, to assume the role of Hand of the King following Lord Jon Arryn's passing. Despite hearing a rumor that the Queen's family had Jon Arryn killed, Eddard reluctantly agrees.
She puts the eggs in the fire while the witch is being burned. Amazingly, the eggs hatch, and Daenerys Targaryen, the Stormborn, bears the world's first three dragons in one hundred sixty years.