Mahelt Marshal is the priviledged daughter of one of the most powerful men in England. Her life changes dramatically when her father is suspected of treachery by King John. Her brother becomes hostages and Mahelt is married to Hugh Bigod, heir to the earldom of Norfolk. Adapting to her new life is hard, but Mahelt comes to love Hugh deeply; however, defying her father-in-law brings disgrace and heartbreak. When King John sets out to subdue the Bigods, Mahelt faces a heartbreaking battle, fearing neither she, nor her marriage, is likely to survive the outcome...