As King Arthur gathers his council of lords to debate the Saxon threat, his old cook is found murdered in the lane, a fancy neck bracelet, a torc, the only clue. Malgwyn, Arthur's one-armed councilor, is assigned to find the killer. But the death becomes just an annoyance when Aelle, King of the Saxons, arrives, demanding to address the council. All eyes are on the Saxon, until Malgwyn's young daughter, Mariam, is kidnapped. The ransom? The torc. Suddenly, Malgwyn is faced with a mystery that, unless he solves it, could cost him his daughter and his king.