Maven and Reeve are sent to the distant, miserable Gawn Castle, under cover on a mission to seek support for rebellion against King Bren. If they are found out, they will be killed, likewise to anyone else that are supporters of their aim. Things are bad enough, but on their arrival, their is news of a cook going missing, on the very day of the feast. Then, instead of what they would habitually do, leaving the woman out in the moors to die, Airl Riding Guards take personal interest, sending out a search party, despite the fact that they could -and would- easily get another. Will Maven and Reeve be able to face the danger of their search for support? Or will they be exposed, sentenced to treason and hanged?