Before there was an England, there was a kingdom called Wessex. Cynewulf, King of Wessex, plans to remove his last rival to the throne. Osric the Eorlderman, the King’s right hand man, is unsure if this is one last act of violence to ensure a permanent peace, or the injustice of a paranoid tyrant.
Warriors who have sworn oaths of loyalty are forced to choose between King and Kin, Fate moves inexorably, and strange portents appear that seem to hark back to the not-so-distant heathen past of Wessex. In the midst of it all Osric must decide if the price of duty and loyalty is one worth paying.