Evyn, son of a Welsh serf, dreams of becoming a traveling storyteller, but a horrible tragedy leaves him a mute orphan. Though his uncle sells him into slavery, Evyn is eventually freed and serves as squire to the valiant Harold Godwinson, who becomes Britain's last Saxon king. Evyn thus takes part in the Battle of Hastings. Based loosely on The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. "Everything is woven into one unbroken whole; Alder spins a good story."-Kirkus Reviews
After he has his tongue cut out, Evyn is sold as a slave and eventually serves England's last Saxon king.