In the untamed country of the Welsh borders, Elen's widowed mother is keen to form an alliance with King Arthur to protect her lands and family. But she is opposed by Urien, a ferocious local chieftain. One night, after attending a difficult birth, Elen returns to find her home in ruins and her mother brutally butchered by Urien's men. Morgaine, Urien's paramoour and Arthur's half-sister, will stop at nothing to prevent Elen from gaining justice and vengance. But she has reckoned without Elen's courageous determination, and without the valiant young knight Geraint, who seeks to prove himself worthy of a place at the Round Table. What better way to establish his honour than to come to the aid of a fair maiden? -- back cover.