Ranegonda's brother is willful, his embittered wife Pentacoste stirs up trouble and fancies herself a witch. Marauding outlaws, Danes and starving peasants all add to the growing danger. This is a good tale of the doomed love in the Dark Ages.
It is difficult for Saint-Germain to be a vampire in hiding in the omen obsessed Dark Ages but it is even more difficult to be a woman as Ranegonda knows. Their troubled status draws them together but as is Saint-Germain's way he brings disaster to the woman he loves. This is far superior to the dull annoying misfire that was 'A Feast in Exile'.