The third book in a trilogy of medieval mysteries featuring commoner-turned-earl's-man, Edwin Weaver. 1217: Edwin Weaver has returned to Conisbrough from his blood-soaked adventure in Lincoln, but he has no chance to rest: preparations are underway for a noble wedding and the earl's sisters and their families have arrived at the castle. When the household marshal is murdered and a violent band of outlaws begins terrorizing the area, the earl asks Edwin to resolve the situation so that the wedding plans aren't disrupted. But Edwin is convinced that there's more to the situation than meets the eye and, with growing horror, he realizes that the real target might be someone much closer to the earl. With few likely to believe his theory, can he risk public ridicule and humiliation? If he's wrong, he'll have to leave his home to avoid the repercussions; but if he's right and says nothing, many of those he knows and loves could die.