A mysterious sect born in the shadows of the Holy Church, the Knights Templar took their secrets to the grave--as, one by one, they burned by decree of Pope Clement. There was a knight, however, who escaped the stake, vowing justice as he watched his innocent brothers die… Simon Puttock has not been bailiff of Lydford Castle long in this year of 1316, when he is called to a nearby village to examine a burned-out cottage and the dead body within. But it is the newly arrived knight, Sir Baldwin Furnshill, who discerns the deceased was no victim of a tragic mishap; he was, in fact, murdered prior to the blaze. Simon would be well-served by accepting further assistance from this astute, though haunted and secretive stranger. For a second fatal burning indicates that some harsh evil has invaded this once-peaceful place, and its hunger has yet to be sated.