To the young Lady Margaret Dacre, raised in the security of Queen Elizabeth I's court, the Scottish border was a land of brutal violence, where raids and murders were commonplace, and her broad inheritance lay at the mercy of the feuding tribes and border reivers of England's northern frontier. Beyond the law's protection, alone but for her house servants and an elderly priest, she could wait helpless in her lonely manor, or somehow find the means to fight the terror approaching from the north.
"A simple tale, beautifully told; and very moving withal.... It's an afternoon's reading that'll stick in the memory for long afterwards. Hooray for George MacDonald Fraser!"—Spectator (London)