After the death of Lord Ludel, his son Richard, a student at the Benedictine Abbey, becomes the new lord of Eaton. Meanwhile, a hermit has taken up residence in Eyton Forest, a holy man's arrival causes confusion among the Monks, Richard disappears, and a corpse is found in the forest. It is time for Brother Cadfael to leave his peaceful herb garden and track down a ruthless murderer. Unabridged. September '98 publication date.--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.