The annual inter-tribal games are a chance for warriors to show what they can do in the field, but as they approach Arthur learns that Herrick and Barth are plotting to disrupt the games for their own ends.
Arthur is having a lot of trouble with the murderous King Bavick. To get some leverage in controlling the King's wicked ways, Arthur kidnaps Bavick's daughter - but his plan does not turn out quite as he intended.
Arthur sets out to punish Kurk, a troublesome Saxon thief, when Kurk sells stolen cattle to Rowena of the Jutes.
Arthur considers sharing resources with his Saxon enemies when their livestock suffers from a plague.
Arthur is in love with Rowena, but she is promised to his cousin Mark of Cornwall. Arthur must find a way to stop the wedding from going ahead.
Arthur has problems with a pair of identical twins of very different characters.
Meanwhile, Llud is troubled by dreams of a gigantic enemy warrior.
Roland, a childhood friend of Kai's, arrives on Arthur's territory, and Kai's loyalty to Arthur and the Britons is seen to be tested - as Roland is another Saxon.
Arthur and Kai need better horses, and Yorath the Jute has what they want. The two young warriors agree to give payment in kind, by escorting Yorath's daughter Rowena to her wedding with a distant chieftain.
Mordred tricks Arthur into a fight with Karn, who proves to be a more deadly swordsman than Arthur foresaw.