Her ability to both interpret horses' needs and heal them has caused Lady Elswythe to be labeled a `horsewitch'. When Prince Edward requests that she tend the horses of her family's enemy, Sir Robert Breton, prior to his and her father's departure on Crusade, she does as requested. Sir Robert is not what she expected and her attraction to him is quite powerful. An attraction she will fight as he is her family's enemy and she is betrothed to another.
To rebuild his wealth, and to gain power, Sir Robert Breton is joining the King's Crusade. Having his horses fall ill the night prior was not in the plans. He will do whatever he needs to help his steeds, even trust his enemy's daughter. But once he sees her, she will not leave his mind and his dreams.