Her people were once called the painted people. The Picts. The woads. The last of many great tribes sequestered in their mountains. They live in peace with Wessex and its king. From a long line of kings she is now only a slave. She's better for it and will one day see a person of her line on the throne once more. They came from the mist like a dream, a terrible nightmare. The Northmen. Pagans after her own heart. They now settled in the low land bordering her mountains. Her master will advise them in their settling of the land. Who are these strange warriors? Will they hinder her freedom? What will become of her when they attempt to become her new masters? Why does the dark brother watch her? Rolloxoc M for violence language and other mature content.