Outremer, the distant lands. The troubadours sing of its mystical loveliness and tell tales of love and honour woven around the constant battles between Christendom and Islam.
For Honfroy, a young squire in the service of the Knights Templar, the reality is less poetic and far grimmer.
The Kingdom of Jerusalem tenaciously holds onto the ribbon of land between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea. Saladin, the Sultan of Egypt and Syria, has united his warring factions. He is now determined to wipe the stain of the first crusade from the honour of Islam and regain the Holy City of Jerusalem.
When Saladinâ€™s army invades, Honfroy is catapulted into a world of...