Roger, Duke of Lunel, is seeking atonement for past sins. But while undertaking the sacred commitment of an ‘armed pilgrimage’, he is still plagued by guilt and doubt. The holy crusade on which he has embarked soon degenerates into a violent scuffle fought in heat and dust, dogged by betrayal, deceit and greed. Much more likely to die of disease and exposure than at the hands of the Turks, the crusaders are more concerned with booty that with the capture of the holy city of Jerusalem – and they face little chance of ever seeing their homelands again. Told as a journal in a day and age when men usually never travelled much beyond the village of their birth, yet many journeyed half a world away for a dream of faith.