By Simon Beaufort
Sir Geoffrey Mappestone and his dependable buddy Roger search passage on one of many many ships as a result 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 bizarre issues were occurring within the harbour city, and it quickly turns into glaring that somebody is attempting to maintain Geoffrey and Roger from boarding one of many ships. whilst Geoffrey's dim-witted servant is killed through a dangerous arrow that used to be 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 additionally occurs to be Roger's father - arrives in Southampton with an errand for his son to accomplish. a lot opposed to Geoffrey's higher judgement, the pair trigger for the northern city of Durham, the place a powerful cathedral is being equipped at Flambard's behest.
As but extra arrows fly Geoffrey's approach, the knight starts off to achieve that none of those occasions are random, and it's all the way down to him to find the relationship among the 2 cities, Bishop Flambard and a handful of red-stained arrows.