In the Welsh mountain village of Gwytherin lies the grave of Saint Winifred. Now, in 1137, the head of Shrewsbury Abbey has decided to acquire the remains for his Benedictine Order. Brother Cadfael is sent on the expedition to translate and finds the villagers of Gwytherin divided by the Benedictine’s offer for the saint’s relics. Canny and all too worldly, he isn’t surprised when this taste for bones leads to bloody murder. The leading opponent to moving the grave has been shot dead with a mysterious arrow and some say Winifred herself held the bow. Brother Cadfael knows this is a carnal killing but he doesn’t know his plan to unearth a murderer might dig up a case of love and justice – where the wages of sin may be scandal or Cadfael’s ruin.