The struggles of the Billung family continue - Wichman and Ekbert have a price on their heads while Adelaide does her best to adjust to life in captivity with the Vikings. Betrayals, brutalities, revenge and extreme changes in fortune follow them all, while danger and death comes to many lives they touch. Pagans and Christians; magic and religion; Vielets and Obodrites, Saxons and Vikings - this story entwines the mid-European mosaic in all its turmoil. We are left to wonder - are Wichman and Ekbert the heroes? or the villains?