Ordered to murder by his clan chief, Munro does so because to refuse would threaten his home, his wife and children and his own life. However he, and in particular his wife Kate, are seeking for a better way, and so are in the vanguard of the huge changes that are about to take place in Scottish society.
As Munro says of King James VI, ‘The King has this notion of a nobility at peace and I’m thinking it shouldn’t be discounted.’ His personal dilemma is that his chief demands and expects unquestioning loyalty, and Munro, no longer happy to murder in the name of that loyalty, must ultimately choose between doing what is right and what is expedient, knowing that every member of his family may suffer as a result of his choice.
“This is an emotionally gripping story about a man caught between duty and conscience at a time in history when a man’s livelihood depended upon his loyalty to family and clan.”
“It transported me to Scotland of the 16th century.”
Author note: I was researching the Ulster-Scots dialect and came across a footnote in some 17th c Montgomerie family papers mentioning the murder of a group of Montgomeries at the Ford of Annock in 1586. That ‘nugget’ lodged in the back of my mind, and years later when I was thinking about writing a novel, up it popped. Perhaps it was growing up in Ulster at the height of the ‘Troubles’ that drew me to writing about the pressures that living within a conflict situation places on family, on relationships and on personal integrity.