In 1099, the magical island of Lyonesse, once King Arthur's retreat, is still a land of superstitions, secrets and destinies. A spirit prophet appears to Tamsin, a discontented freewoman, and says she has ten days to save the life of young Prince Aneurin, the reincarnation of the fabled king. With the help of a sweet-natured peasant lad, an exciting Cornishman, and a personable white mule, Tamsin inveigles her way into the castle. But Aneurin, who still mourns his mother and resents his look-alike companion, is hostile toward her. Selwich, the royal advisor, lusts after her. The king zealously protects the island's saffron crop, and when Selwich learns why, he plots to kill the king and the prince. When the prophet reappears to tell Tamsin about the accident in which the prince will die, the task takes on new dimensions and she must call upon all her resources-human, animal and spiritual-to overcome them.
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