Fifth-century Great Britain. After centuries, the Romans have withdrawn from the island. Saxons have arrived from the European mainland, some of the native Britons have been Christianized, and others have maintained their pagan ways. The great wizard Merlin has fallen on the field of battle, and soon thereafter a prophecy—or a rumor—begins to circulate: Merlin will be reincarnated in a newborn. The hunt is on for the baby whose promised greatness would disrupt the power-grabbing plans of the different peoples. The pregnant Eigyr becomes the prey, and with the help of an archer and a priest, she must try to stay alive long enough to deliver destiny.