In a kingdom where the Old Ways hold fast and a manâ€™s worth lies entirely in his skill with the sword, Conor Mac Nir is a scholar, a musician, and a follower of the forbidden Balian faith: problematic for any man, but disastrous for the son of the king.
When Conor is sent as a hostage to a neighboring kingdom, he never expects to fall in love with the rival kingâ€™s sister, Aine. Nor does he suspect his gift with the harp (and Aineâ€™s ability to heal) touches on the realm of magic. Then his clan begins a campaign to eliminate all Balians from the isle of Seare, putting his newfound home in peril and entangling him in a plot for control of the island that has been unfolding since long before his birth.
Only by committing himself to an ancient warrior brotherhood can Conor discover the part heâ€™s meant to play in Seareâ€™s future. But is he willing to sacrifice everythingâ€•even the woman he lovesâ€•to follow the path his God has laid before him?