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All the wonders of the Mediterranean have not prepared the English for the splendours of Constantinople. As Siward of Gloucester settles into the city, he is grateful to have finally found what he was looking for: A fine god-fearing lord he is proud to serve and a safe place where he and Oswyth can await the birth of their child.But as the months pass, doubts creep in. Emperor Michael proves to be a weak ruler, continually threatened with rebellion. Determined to keep the English army close to him, his promises of reward grow increasingly vague. With the tension in Constantinople rising, Siward and his friends find themselves caught up in the power struggle. While Bridwin maintains his loyalty to the Emperor and Siward continues to trust in the friendship of the cunning Alexios Komnenos, Frebern grows close to John Bryennios, a man whose ambitions may include the imperial throne itself. With the friends drawn in different directions, Siward fears they could end up fighting on opposing sides.Desperate to escape, he renews his efforts to find the home the English have so long craved. But the beauty of Constantinople conceals dangers which go far beyond Siward's fears as sordid secrets and ruthless betrayal stalk the lives of those he holds dear.As the English prepare for battle yet again, will Siward's quest for New England end in heartbreaking tragedy?