With Merlin dead, the succession undecided, and the Celtic church on the defensive from Rome, intrigue sweeps the court of the High King Arthur. But its battlefield news that consumes Queen Gwenhyfars young scribe, Kella OToole: her fiancé is dead and her father gone missing. Determined to find him at all costs, Kella defies the queens orders and sets out for Pictish territory. Her foster brother Alyn, a disillusioned priest who questions his calling, agrees to help her. The journey itself is perilous. But its their secrets that land Kella and Alyn in a vipers nest of treachery that threatens both their lives and the future of Albion. Can they summon the love and faith they need to find their way not only out of danger, but into happiness? Brilliantly researched, vividly imagined, and movingly writtena memorable climax to the Brides of Alba series.