Edain was a foundling, raised by nuns who said she was 'special'. She was also very beautiful. The beauty provoked a minor barron to steal her from the convent, but not wanting to incur the wrath of his liege and the church, he set about to marry her off to one of his men so he could claim 'first night' with her. Only, as the wedding took place, the groom suddenly and mysteriously died. The villages, having heard rumours of her special powers, banish her fearful she is a witch.
Magnus fitzJulien first sees her sitting on the beach where he is collecting taxes for his lord the Earl of Chester. He is told he must carry her away with him, for they fear she will come to harm. At first, he ignores the woman and sets sail, but suddenly feels compelled to return for her. The two tax ships get into a terrible storm and become separated, and later, Edain deliberately runs their ship onto a sandbar delaying them. After they get back under way, they learn the first ship was attacked and robbed and all killed on board. Had she not run them aground, they, too would have faced the same fate. She had saved them. Later the ship goes down with Magnus rescuing her. Once on shore, he makes love to her, but in the morn awakes to find that someone has taken her.
This starts a journey for them both. The English King wants her, William the Lion of Scotland wants her, the Knights Templars want her, the Auld Culdee of Scotland wants her, but most of all Magnus wants her and will go through about anything to save her.
This report prepared by DeborahAnne MacGillivray