A story of oppression, sexual manipulation and vengeance.
The year is 1080. The king they are calling William the Conqueror covets the land of Ytene for his 'New Forest.' The people of Ytene are persecuted, evicted from their homes and forced to live in exile from lands their forebears have inhabited for generations. Life is hard. The people are hungry. The Norman interlopers are hated.
Whilst poaching, Ælf and Leo encounter a trio of Normans molesting Alys, a forest girl fairer than any they have ever seen. They stop the attack in the only way they can...violently and the chaos that ensues endures for years, to be ended only with the killing of the next king, William Rufus.