In the year of our Lord 1141, civil war over England's throne leaves a legacy of violence- and the murder of a knight dear
to Brother Cadfael. And with gentle budstrewn May, a flood of pilgrims comes to the celebration of Saint Winifred at the Abbey
of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, carrying with it many strange souls and perhaps the knight's killer. Brother Cadfael's shrewd
eyes see all: the prosperous merchant who rings false, and angelic lame boy, his beautiful dowess sister, and two wealthy
penitents. In the name of justice, Cadfael decides to uncover the strange and twisted tale that accompanies these travellers.
Instead he unearths a quest for vengeance, witnesses a miracle, and finds himself on a razor's edge between death and the
absolution of love.
In his tenth chronicle Brother Cadfael believes that amongst the motley group of pilgrims in Shrewsbury
is a murderer fleeing justice.