Murder and mayhem on a wedding day would be a nightmare for any bride — for Fidelma of Cashel and Eadulf of Seaxmund’s Ham it could lead to war between the kingdoms of Ireland. The ancient capital of Muman as awash with distinguished visitors – one of whom meets a bloody end on the eve of the ceremony. When King of Connacht is charged with the murder of the pious Abbot Ultán of Cill Ria, he demands his right to appoint Fidelma in his defence, and she soon discovers that many of the guests have cause to hate the Abbot. It is a long weekend of suspicion, fear and more death before she is able to reveal the truth . . .