Fleeing her enemy, King Philip of France, Eleanor joins Brian in his quest to bring the Templars' arms and treasure to the beleaguered King Robert the Bruce of Scotland.
But enemies lurk within, as well as without, adding extra peril to what nature throws at them on their voyage.
Arriving in Scotland, they find Brian's Clan Donald rent with dissent. Brian is compelled to face up to his love for Eleanor, and use force and guile to find a home and place worthy of her. (65,450 words).