Copyright 2013 by Ross Richdale
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It is 320 AD and Hadrian's Wall separates Roman Britannia Inferior (now the northern counties of England) from the free lands to the north where the village of Darbarri is located. There, Jelena is asked by her father Druid Floyd to travel south of the wall into Roman territory to help the people in the small village of Bramfield. It is a dangerous area for the new Roman emperor has declare that everyone living in the Roman Empire should convert to their new faith.
For the Celtic, this means giving up generations of their beliefs with numerous gods and practices. Druids are not welcomed in Roman lands anymore even though they had helped villagers for centuries. With three friends, Olwina, Tad and Craddock she manages to reach Luguvahum the largest city south of the wall but with it, a surprise and perhaps the reason why her father sent her south in the first place. She finds he has taken a third wife, Kigva who is from one of the top Luguvahum families and she is having a difficult time giving birth to a child.