"Arthmael is on the run. First, he is forced to confront his greatest fear, replacing his dead father as ruler of a small kingdom in post-Roman Britain. Then duty is superseded by a desperate flight as that kingdom is violently stripped from the young monarch through the bloodthirsty treachery of The Raven, one of his father's previous allies. The boy is torn between the desire to remain hidden and an obligation to free his former subjects from the Raven's tyranny. He reluctantly chooses the latter with the help of some unlikely and unknowing allies and a bloody struggle ensues. At the same time he must face his second greatest fear, and a choice: the alluring black-haired daughter of his nemesis or the bold young widow from among his new foreign allies."--Back cover.