In 410 AD the Roman legions marched away from Britain to bolster the numbers of the continental armies who were embroiled in a struggle that threatened the future of the empire. The fertile island was left to the protection of small militias comprised of veterans and farmers led by local chiefs. With the help of Anglo-Saxon mercenaries, invasion by the Picts was averted – but at a cost.

A century later, Angles, Saxons and Jutes struck out from the lands gifted to them in the east, in an attempt to conquer more territory. They were defeated in several battles by the legendary war-leader, ARTHUR, which brought a temporary halt to the westward advance.

A century later still, the Angles, Saxons and Jutes possessed the heart of the island, with the British kingdoms confined to the west and north. The Pope sent envoys to convert these new pagan princes of the island to Christian ways. The new kingdoms were locked in a power struggle, making and breaking alliances with British princes as well as other Anglo-Saxon rulers. At this time, a British princess gives birth to a boy child. The son of a chief of the Mercians (border dwellers); he is given the name Penda.

From an early age, Penda is thrown into a world of magic, intrigue and ancient feuds. He soon learns that his life’s path has been planned since his birth and that he has a major destiny to fulfil.