By Simon Beaufort
Sir Geoffrey Mappestone and his dependable good friend Roger search passage on one of many many ships because of sail to Normandy after which directly to the Holy Land. the 2 knights were clear of the campaign too lengthy, and are itching to come again to the motion. yet extraordinary issues were taking place within the harbour city, and it quickly turns into obvious that somebody is attempting to maintain Geoffrey and Roger from boarding one of many ships. while Geoffrey's dim-witted servant is killed by means of a perilous arrow that was once basically intended for the knight himself, Sir Geoffrey's fury is such that he might do whatever to discover the assassin. yet then Ranulf Flambard - who's not just the Bishop of Durham and an escapee from the Tower of London, but in addition occurs to be Roger's father - arrives in Southampton with an errand for his son to accomplish. a lot opposed to Geoffrey's larger judgement, the pair trigger for the northern city of Durham, the place a powerful cathedral is being outfitted at Flambard's behest.
As but extra arrows fly Geoffrey's means, the knight starts to achieve that none of those occasions are random, and it really is right down to him to find the relationship among the 2 cities, Bishop Flambard and a handful of red-stained arrows.
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