When his father is killed at Arsuf protecting King Richard, Thomas is knighted. His hopes of inheriting his family's manor are dashed when Prince John takes power in his brother's absence. With a handful of men Sir Thomas is forced to travel to Sweden where fighting in the harsh environment of a Baltic winter makes Sir Thomas and his men stronger and he learns of treachery and dishonour.
Sir Thomas has left the Baltic and heads for Anjou where he hopes to take over the manor of Sir Leofric. Upon his arrival he finds himself thrown into a world of intrigue. Prince Arthur had been the chosen heir of King Richard but King John had taken not only the throne but also claimed the lands of Normandy, Maine and Anjou. With his handful of men he must carve out a home surrounded by enemies.