Lady Ilena still canâ€™t believe she is hereditary chief of Dun Alyn, her new home in the North. She eagerly awaits the return of her betrothed, Durant of Arthurâ€™s table, and the time when Durant will rule beside her. But Britain is in a state of unrest. Despite Durantâ€™s and Arthurâ€™s efforts at unification, several neighboring fortresses have allied with Saxon invaders in the South. These tribes want Dun Alyn, and one tribal leader called Faolan will stop at nothing to get it. When Ilena refuses to accept Faolanâ€™s marriage proposal in her loved oneâ€™s absence, she sets off a bloody battleâ€“with grave results.A warrior can commit no greater crime than to falter under attack, and now Ilena faces the ultimate punishment: she must leave Dun Alyn, alone, and may not return to her people until she has proved herself worthy to be their leader. The journey will take Ilena to old friendsâ€“and new onesâ€“as she searches for Durant and for Britainâ€™s protector, the legendary Arthur.