Aelfric, Earl of Huntendune lies dead, butchered for refusing to forfeit his lands to his Norman overlords.
And now, for taking vengeance against his lord’s killers, Thurkill, former huscarl of King Harold and loyal Saxon warrior, must leave everything behind before King William’s soldiers return to claim the blood price.
Landless, lordless and now homeless, Thurkill journeys west with his pregnant wife, Hild, and his five hearth-warriors to search for peace and security far away from the hated enemy.
To his horror, however, the warrior finds himself at the centre of a bitter struggle between Saxon and Norman, on the border between England and Wales – between the forces of Eadric the Wild and the Norman Earl of Hereford.
But when word reaches him of a rebellion against the Norman king, Thurkill realises his duty lies elsewhere. Perhaps now he can finally assuage the guilt for having failed King Harold at Senlac by helping his son to take the throne.
Thurkill must cross swords with the Normans once again. And in doing so, he must face his nemesis, Robert FitzGilbert, across the field of battle.
This time, however, there can be only one survivor