How can a knight rescue a damsel from the distress of a loveless marriage when the bridegroom is his own cousin? Hampshire 1338. England is on the brink of war with the French, belief in witchcraft is rife and folklore and Arthurian literature have as deep a hold on the minds of the nobility as religion. Scarred by ill-fortune, Richard St. Aubyn discovers the woman of his dreams in the house of his cousin, Gilbert de Waltham. But the Lady Elena, thrown onto the mercy of the de Walthams after her father's treachery against his king, is already betrothed to Gilbert. Elena, treated more like a possession than a person, does not love Gilbert, and is instantly struck by strong feelings for the handsome, courageous Richard. But a quarrel between her two suitors could lead to dishonour and even death, and when a rival to Elena arrives at the castle and accuses her of witchcraft, Richard prepares to sacrifice himself in order to save her.