England in 1569 and there’s rebellion in the air. The Catholic earls of the north are plotting to depose the Protestant Queen Elizabeth. Against this backdrop, Richie o’the Bow is caught in a blood-feud with one of the most dangerous riding families on the border, the notorious Armstrongs. Outlawed for killing two of their number, during their raid on his village, Richie and his Bairns do what they must to survive, including killing as many Armstrongs as possible. Tight prose churn through events on the turbulent border of sixteenth-century England and Scotland. A place where theft, murder, revenge, and vendetta are a brutal way of life.