Athelfled, wife to the aging and sickly Lord of Mercia, is only too aware of the threat her brother, King Edward of Wessex, poses to her husband’s kingdom. The preservation of Mercia is in her hands. In an attempt to unite the kingdom behind her, she seizes on the prospect of rediscovering St. Oswald’s bones, rumoured to be buried in the hostile north, around Lincoln.
Young cleric, Wulfgar, does not believe that his older brother is capable of treason. Yet Wystan stands accused of plotting to overthrow King Edward and place his cousin, Seiriol, on the throne. It is clear that Seiriol intends to lead an army to conquer Leicester, and he appears unstoppable. With the army gathering force, can Wulfgar unearth the evidence to exonerate his brother before he suffers a traitor's death...?