Ill omens and border raids make Uhtred extra-vigilant at his northern outpost. King Sigtryggr is visited by his notorious brother Rognvaldr.
Edward marches his troops north while Uhtred recruits a small force to infiltrate Bebbanburg. King Constantin arrives to meet his new bride, Aelfwynn.
Armies converge in an epic, final showdown that determines the fate of a king’s dream for England – and Uhtred’s hope of securing his family’s future.