A Novel of Celtic Britain
After more than four hundred years of Roman rule, the island its
conquerors called Britannia was abandoned — left to its own devices as the
Roman empire contracted in a futile effort to defend itself from the
barbarian hordes encroaching upon its heart. As Britannia falls into
anarchy and the city of Viroconium is left undefended, two cousins who
remained behind when the imperial forces withdrew pursue very different
courses in the ensuing struggle to unite the disparate tribes and
factions throughout the land.
Passionate, adventurous Dinas recruits followers and dreams of kingship. Thoughtful Cadogan saves a group of citizens when Saxons invade and burn Viroconium, then becomes the reluctant founder and leader of a new community that rises in the wilderness. The two cousins could not be more different, but their parallel stories encapsulate the era of a new civilization struggling to be born.