Forty years ago, Exeter Cathedral Close rang to the clamour of weapons and screams of pain. Afterwards, the bodies lying in their own blood bore silent witness to the conflicts that were tearing at the heart of the Cathedral itself. Today, in 1323, more deaths have occurred. Is the first an accident? The second is surely a deliberate slaying. For Sir Baldwin Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace, and his friend Bailif Simon futtock, the truth is increasingly mysterious. What first appears to be a matter of lust or greed soon grows math more troubling as Baldwin becomes aware of the disturbing and ominous Chapel of Bones, built long ago in reparation for a terrible murder..