A kingdom is in turmoil as the old king dies, murdered by a strange and horrible poison. But while the land of Delain mourns, the evil and greedy wizard Flagg hatches an unscrupulous plot which sees the King’s eldest son Peter imprisoned for his father’s murder and the youngest son inherit the throne. Only Peter knows the truth about his own innocence and the truth of the evil that is Flagg. Only Peter can save Delain from the horror that Flagg has in store. But first, he must escape from the high tower – he has a plan but it is dangerous and desperate. Andif he fails there will be no second chance. And all the while, Flagg’s words echo in his mind: ‘I’ll carry your head on my saddle-horn for a thousand years. Here I come, Peter! Coming for your head!’  Illustrations by David Palladini.