"Lymond is back... The whisper spreads quickly on that warm August night in 1547."
Francis Crawford of Lymond, formidable outlaw and rebel, is in Edinburgh again... from his headlong arrival he shows himself to be a fresh and unpredictable player in a Scotland of political violence and intrigue, which is also the heartland of his long-estranged kinsfolk. His future depends on tracing three men - but there are others determined to stop him.
'Not many modern historical novelists can match Mrs Dunnett... she evokes the sixteenth century with an amazing richness of allusion and scholarship, while keeping a firm control on an intricately twisting narrative.'