Ciaran Timberlane is a dishonored knight, living in exile at his uncle's almost deserted castle. Cairan was dishonored after taking up arms against a fellow knight and walking away from a battle during the “crusades” in the mid-east. Cairan was a member of a prestigious knight society that also meant he has devoted his life to god and was also known by many as the Dragon Slayer.
Amie de Langois aka. Elizabeth aka. Amaranth is a woman in hiding from her brutal husband, living on Timberlane's land. She escapes her husband after a brutal wedding night and thinks she has killed him. But, he is not dead and is hunting her with a vengeance (hiring mercenaries, killing anyone in his path). Cairan finds her almost dead, after being shot by a crossbow and about to be stabbed and takes her back to castle, and to the healing hands of his albino friend, and healer. Aime finally tells Cairan what is happening and he agrees to help her try to get to a monestary and even hides her when her husband comes looking for her. She turns out to be the illegitimate cousin to Richard the Lionheart and she helps lead Cairan to spring an ambush that is set to kill the King. Along the way the two also find out they are in love with each other and while they both feel that this is wrong you watch their love grow.
This report prepared by Tanya