It is the time of Richard the Lionheart, the Crusades and the mysterious Knights Templar. Donal, an Irish chieftain and Robert, his Norman lord, travel to the Holy Land as their fathers did before them. But before Donal leaves, he gives his wife Eilish a token – half of a penny broken by the tilecutter. Should she ever receive the other half, she will know that he is dead. As Donal and Robert become entwined in the dangerous intrigues of the Knights Templar, Eilish must also deal with intrigues at home.