By Ellis Peters
Within the 12 months of our Lord 1141, August is available in golden as a lion, and priests trip into the Benedictine abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul bringing with them irritating information of warfare- and a secret. The strangers inform how the strife among the Empress Maud and King Stephen has destroyed the city of Winchester and their priory. Now Brother Humilis, who's good-looking, gaunt and intensely unwell, and Brother Fidelis, younger, comely- and mute- needs to search safe haven at Shrewsbury. From the instant he meets them, Brother Cadfael senses that they're certain by way of whatever deeper than their universal vows. What the hyperlink is he can simply bet; what it's going to result in is past imagining. yet as Brother Humilis's future health fails, Brother Cadfael faces a poignant try out of his discretion and his ideals as he unravels a mystery so nice it may spoil a existence, a destiny, and a holy order.