When an old druid foresees this harbinger of chaos, he also sees the one it will claim: young Rob of Loxley. Rob and his sister Marion have been raised beneath a solemn duty: to take up their parents’ places in the Old Religion, as earthly manifestations of the Horned Lord and Lady Huntress.
But when Gamelyn Boundys, devout son of a powerful nobleman, is injured in the forest, he, Rob and Marion begin a friendship that challenges duty and ideology. Not only the divide between noble and peasant threatens, but that of Christian and Pagan. The old druid warns that Gamelyn is fated as Rob’s sworn enemy, his rival in a sacrificial battle for the greenwode’s Maiden.
In a risky bid for happiness, Rob dares the Horned Lord to reinterpret the ancient rites, allow Rob to take Gamelyn as lover instead of rival. But in the eyes of Gamelyn’s Church, sodomy is unthinkable–and the old pagan magics are an evil that must be vanquished…