The day before his knighting, Will has joined the hunt. Chasing a white deer until it vanishes results in losing himself in the forest. As he hunts for his way back, he finds two outlaws harassing an old woman for her pig, and in the resultant fight, he kills them. ( Collapse )
In a setting obviously derived from Italy -- unusually, Alexander even uses some Italian terminology -- Lidi, after her father's death, is continuing to travel as a performing magician, the Princess Lidi, with Jericho her canvasmaster. After a show and some wrangling with a petty inn-keeper who tries to claim her best silver coin after she produces it from his nose -- she deftly "puts it back" -- she finds that a young girl Danielle followed her from the inn.
So our hero distracts the bad guys, the heroine sneaks in and rescues some prisoners, and the villainess orders some executions as a consequence. Not of guilty men, not even of carelessness. The heroine's use of magic showed something the villainess really wishes wasn't true.