Shef is now co-king of a realm in southern Britain. After attacking and being defeated by the surviving Ragnarssons, he flees north into Scandinavia. Also travelling through Scandinavia is Bruno, a Christian knight in search of the Spear of Destiny, hoped to restore the empire of Charlemagne. The book was followed by the final part of the trilogy, King and Emperor.
Northwest Europe at the beginning of the novel. Territories held by Shef and Alfred are denoted in red; territories held by the Ragnarssons and their allies in green.