Sigrid Kveldulfsdaughter, now a respected warrior and land-owner, feels she has reached her goal and can settle down to peaceful trade and see her children grow into adulthood. But then her uncle Eirik Bloodaxe makes another attempt to win the throne of the Viking Kingdom of Jorvik and, invoking blood-ties, calls on her support.
Sigrid is torn between her duty to Eirik Bloodaxe and her loyalty to her Cumbrian neighbours. She has to face her hardest challenge yet as this war could see her and her husband fighting for opposite sides on the battlefield.
Enemies from Sigrid's past re-surface and pose dangers that can't always be met sword-in-hand. Magic, treachery and intrigue combine to threaten the lives of Sigrid's children and she is forced into a final, desperate struggle.