""This is a very exciting series...""
In this fifth book of the Somershill series we learn of Oswald's life as a monk before he succeeded to the lordship of Somershill in unexpected circumstances. As Oswald recounts to his ill mother the story of how his mentor at the Abbey, Father Peter, influenced his life and future, we learn of the duplicity and treacherous behaviour of those whom Oswald trusts. We learn how Oswald comes to realise that his place is not in a monastery and his gradual realisation of the perfidy of his close relations. In 1349, whilst Oswald is at the monastery, the Plague is slowly working its way across England.