Galway, spring 1612. The city is up in arms with rumours, brutality and tyranny; the entire country is under English rule; Aodh Mór Ó Néill and the other Gaelic chieftains ar in Rome. Lúcas Ó Briain, a young Gaelwegian, is charged with a task that will take him far from his native city an a long and arduous journey abroad. Hot on his heels is the Sionnach, one of the cruellest and most brilliant spies with orders to stop Lúcas one way or another. This is the first in a trilogy of books which brings us across Europe in the company of Lúcas Ó Briain in the early years of the 16 century, with brutal enemies in pursuit.