"Jecks builds into every paragraph a deep sense of time and place which evoked sounds and smells of medieval England"
1326 sees the year close out with London in flames and King Edward II held prisoner thanks to his queen and her lover Sir Roger Mortimer. They are claiming the succession of the King's son Edward III and have demoted Edward II to Sir Edward of Caernarthon.
As the kingdom's elite fight over the spoils of the invasion, the Bardi family, who were once the King's bankers, are in a quandary as to which side to back.
Guarding the deposed King on behalf of his usurpers are Sir Baldwin and Simon Puttock who once again are drawn into a web of deceit, lies, greed and murder.