The peace and serenity of the 1867 English countryside is shattered when Colin Amesbury, and his twin sister Lady Christabel discover a grievously injured child sprawled in the dirt at the side of the road. The inescapable conclusion is most horrifying. The child had been clawed, by a great beast.
Things become even more peculiar when a mysterious man, the very image of an ancient Viking warrior, arrives at their castle. The man has a powerful presence about him that is most unsettling. Christabel is stunned to realize that this is the man whom she has been seeing in her dream-time for years, a man to whom she is inexplicably drawn. Destiny, he says, has called him there. But, is he somehow more than who – or what – he claims to be?
The beast, seeking vengeance and promising death, had spoken to him. A disaster, unparalleled in recent times, is soon to be visited upon them all. If the monster is allowed to live, she will go on a rampage. Exacting vengeance, in the mind of the beast, means slaughtering anything living that gets in its path.
When, shockingly, the seemingly invincible warrior is struck down, and pleas for assistance from the local militia go unanswered, the situation becomes dire. Christabel finds herself standing alone, bearing the awful burden of saving herself, her family, her community, and indeed, her very world, from destruction.
How on earth can one very small woman defeat a… dragon?
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