In the darkness of an underground cell, a boy is murdered. The very next day, a husband and wife are slaughtered in their home, which is burnt to the ground. The memory of these dark deeds is hidden forever, or so it is thought ... Edwin Weaver has led an uneventful life until now. His father is the bailiff at Conisbrough castle, responsible for law and order on the estate, but the most exciting thing which ever happens is a dispute over a few yards of land. All this changes when his father becomes ill and when the earl their master becomes involved in the civil war which is tearing the realm asunder. Suddenly Edwin is propelled into a different world, one which he finds hard to understand. A visiting lord seeking evidence of treachery is murdered, and Edwin is given the arduous task of finding the culprit. His findings may have an effect not only on the people of Conisbrough, but also on the outcome of the war and the future of the kingdom, and he has only been given two days to come up with an answer. This book is both a gripping mediaeval mystery and a fascinating insight into life in the early 13th century by an author who is a leading authority on the era.