The story starts about 2 years after Æthelflæd’s death. There is now only one King, Edward, who tries to unite what will become England. But he is sick and the question of his succession is up. Will it be Æthelstan, his first born son whom some folks regard as illegitimate? Or will it be Ælfweard, Edward’s second son whose grandfather is one of the most powerful men among the Saxons?