Jarl Ulfrik Ormsson has battled a place into the history of France, holding a border fortress against the Franks. He enjoys wealth and power as a sworn man to Hrolf the Strider. Northmen gather to Ulfrik's banner, confident in his success.
In one stroke, his world is pitched into darkness.
Ulfrik's second son goes missing and is soon revealed in the grip of his enemies. Yet the conspiracy is deeper than he imagined, as plots within plots unfold. Treachery swirls over his hall like black clouds of a gathering storm.
Ulfrik must save his son before his family is destroyed. Will all he has won survive the plotting of his foes? Behind a shield of lies, Ulfrik makes war upon his enemies.