The year is 1191. Falsely accused of murdering an Assassin lord, English Templar Michael Fitz Alan is marked for death by the victim’s powerful kinsman, Musa al-Kazim. After narrowly escaping an assassination attempt that costs several of his Templars their lives, Fitz Alan vows to hunt down and kill the Assassin behind the attack.
But the revenge he craves may cost him and those around him dearly. The Templar’s desire to avenge the deaths of his men means that he must be willing to face the shadowy Assassins on their own ground, greatly increasing the risk to both him and his band of warriors.
Despite the risk, when King Richard informs him that a band of Assassins is in possession of the True Cross, Christendom’s most sacred relic, and is seeking to return it to the Templars, Fitz Alan volunteers to lead the expedition. Suspecting it’s a trap, he takes the assignment anyway in the hope that it will bring him face to face with al-Kazim. At the rendezvous, the Assassin springs a trap. The ensuing battle determines not only the fates of Fitz Alan and al-Kazim, but future of the entire Latin East.