Now the days grow short for Mercia and Gwynned, for Edwin and Harrick, and for all those who have grown close to the outlawed, banished princes. Aelfrith Rex of Northumbria, their ancient enemy, no longer feels restrained from his long-held goal of conquest. And he has set his eye first on the kingdoms which have protected his rivals.
The Bear has awakened, and he moves swiftly toward his revenge. Can the princes survive the coming war? Will they ever gain their own kingdom back from the hands of the Ravager?