To Alys de Renneville alone did the stranger knight give the message that her father and brother were being held prisoner by the Scots. Because no one else would believe the story, Alys set off secretly, accompanied by Hugh, a servant, to travel the length of England on horseback, carrying the bag of jewels which would serve as ransom.
Their absorbing story of adventure and hardships is set against the background of medieval England, and brilliantly evokes the way of life in a country manor, city dwelling, convent, and meanest hovel.
With this her first historic novel, Barbara Leonie Picard proves herself a writer of distinction in this field. She has already gained a notable reputation as an author of original fairy stories and for her rebelling of traditional tales.
“...a fine, authentic, historical tale, valuable for its picture of medieval times.” New York Herald Tribune.