Book III of Avalon series. With her mother’s dying breath, Eilan, fifth child of the High Priestess of Avalon, takes life. The baby is taken to her father, King Coel, and raised in the Roman way as Helena, but in A.D. 259 the ten year old girl is returned to the mystical place of her birth. There she begins her training as a priestess, in the face of her Aunt Ganeda’s determination that she shall fail. Despite her aunt’s  hostility, the child becomes a gifted Priestess and on the night of her initiation she has a vision of the Roman, Constantine, the man she will love for the rest of her life. Her vision also reveals that he is the one who will father a child who will free Britain from Roman tyranny.  But to be with him she must betray her sisters and turn her back on Avalon, to build a new life in the dangerous city of the enemy.