King Alfred’s health is failing. As time runs out for him to unite the kingdoms of England, his greatest warrior Uhtred must lead Wessex in battle against the fearsome Dane Bloodhair. When Uhtred is cursed by a vicious seer, Skade, tragedy follows.
When Uhtred commits a serious crime, Alfred turns events to his advantage but is outraged when Uhtred retaliates with an unforgivable act of violence. Uhtred must embark on a voyage and Skade’s power takes hold - has he passed a place of no return?
Aethelwold’s quest to unite the Danes and topple Alfred’s dynasty advances but when Beocca tells Uhtred of a friend in peril, Uhtred is torn between his duty to the Saxons and his ties to the Danes. Can he risk losing the love of his brother forever?
While Alfred is distracted by the impending war, Haesten sets out on a mission of revenge – Uhtred must protect Aethelflaed at all costs. When Aethelwold antagonises Ragnar, Cnut seizes an opportunity to manipulate him, with tragic consequences.
In the wake of the bloody battle of Beamfleot, Uhtred and Brida reunite on a mission. While Skade’s curse causes ructions amongst Uhtred’s men the Danes regroup and Cnut tasks Aethelwold with a new assignment – to kill Uhtred.
Left reeling by devastating news, Uhtred risks everything to reclaim Skade and end her curse. Edward gambles dangerously by promising Uhtred troops to fight Haesten but in defying Alfred, has the prince led Uhtred and his men to their deaths?
Uhtred and his men make a last attempt to reclaim Skade while her power disrupts the Dane camp; jealousy between Haesten and Bloodhair leads to a fight to the death. Aethelwold returns to Winchester and receives shocking punishment for his treachery.
Winchester prepares to celebrate the royal wedding but the power vacuum that will follow Alfred’s death proves divisive. If Uhtred is to complete his mission he must first rid himself of Skade’s curse and steal into the city to ask Thyra for help.
Alfred’s condition worsens; after an emotional meeting with the king, Uhtred has a decision to make. Edward’s enemies capitalise on the fear and uncertainty that grips Winchester while Uhtred’s foes close in and Thyra falls victim to a hateful crime.
As Winchester mourns, the Danes march to seize Wessex but before the Saxons meet them in battle they must face enemies from within their ranks. Suffering a great loss, Beocca entreats Uhtred to defend what Alfred has built before it is lost forever.