Robert, the disgraced Duke of Normandy, is losing favor with his mercenary army. They've been holed up above Catania too long, without battle or plunder. His right-hand man Guillaume is getting notions whispered into his head by a wily monk. His friend Harald, leader of the Varangians, is torn between his allegiance to Strategos Maniakis and his love for the Greek general's sister. But who is Robert, really? Why is he here, and what was he groomed for? New friendships are tested by old grievances against a backdrop of shifting alliances and secret agendas in this spellbinding second volume.