At seventeen, Arn Magnusson must choose whether to become a monk or a warrior. Born into an aristocratic Swedish family in 1150, he spent his childhood at a Cistercian monastery where he was taught the best of spiritual learning and the skills of a master archer and swordsman.
Now Arn is returning home, a young man innocent in the ways of the world. But his life is about to take a dramatic new direction when two sisters cross his path. An falls hopelessly in love - with the most devastating consequences. He unwittingly commits a crime, and his punishment is to serve twenty years as a Knight Templar in the Holy Land... The first volume of the phenomenal best selling crusades trilogy.