The Scotland-England Border, 1590s. James IV waits impatiently to unite the nations. At the border, English raiders are hunted down, Scots dynasties vie for power and blood feuds are settled by the sword. Adam Fleming has fallen for Helen of Annandale, and, in turn, fallen foul of his rival, Rob Bell: a man as violent as he is ambitious. Now he faces a battle for her hand, and for his life. His friend Langton is entrusted as guard to the lovers' secret trysts. But Langton has another master to serve - one who would use lovers as pawns in his own play for power.