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
Only Jelena and Olwina can help. Jelena's tiny half-brother
is born but danger surrounds them everywhere. An over-zealous Bishop Eucid
wants them all arrested for crimes and blasphemy against the new faith but they
are forewarned and escape from the city to head for the village of Bramfield,
Jelena's original destination.
There, she must stop the villagers from using polluted water,
overcome local superstitions, problems at a nearby Roman lead mine and
establish her own position as a leader in the community. There is also Kigva to
befriend and the baby to look after.
As well as the bishop, she finds another enemy is Bard Griffen
from her home village, who wants to force her to marry him in the summer
selection of brides. This ancient practice is banned by Druid Floyd's latest
decree but is ignored by the ruthless bard.
How do Jelena, friends and extended family cope? There is
not one but two ruthless men on their trail while at the same time she must
help villagers under her care and survive in the hostile Roman territory. She
befriends many and alienates others in this exciting story of our ancient
ancestors from almost one thousand, seven hundred years ago?