England is on the point of a devastating war with France with the intention to last over a hundred years. A terrible plague so that it will wipe out a third of Europe’s population before it’s done is spreading. Caris, a visionary young woman, struggles to upward thrust above the suffering and oppression with a purpose to lead her people out of the Dark Ages. Together with her loverMerthin, she builds a community in Kingsbridge that stands as much as the church and the crown. Together, they unearth a dangerous secret and will have to fight to save their town from ruin, in the long run ushering in a new era of freedom, innovation and enlightenment.