845 A.D.--the war in Frankia continues. Although increasingly outnumbered and in danger of becoming surrounded and cut off, the invading Danish army pushes deeper into enemy territory. In book 4 of The Strongbow Saga, Halfdan Hroriksson's courage and skill in the war have won him the support of powerful allies, including the cunning Viking chieftain Hastein, and fate has delivered into his hands a beautiful Frankish noblewoman, whose ransom will bring him wealth. But even deep within Frankia, he is not safe from Toke, the treacherous Danish chieftain who murdered Halfdan's brother. Now Halfdan must not only survive the Danish army's desperate final gambit, but must also defeat the deadly enemy within the army who is stalking him.