Set in 12th century Scotland this story follows the life, loves and battles of the boy Somerled son of an ageing chieftain. It is a simpler, harsher time, bloody battles and ruthless revenge exacted across the West coast of Scotland. This is a tale of the life of a sea faring boy who must prove himself worthy as a leader and ultimately usurp his father to seize power.
It is a different period in history to choose to write about Scotland, a country at that time still far removed from the more refined Lowlands. This is a Scotland still culturally striving to find a place between the old religions and Christianity, divided into small fiefdoms built on raids, battles and Celtic marriage alliances.
Medieval Scotland is a harsh barbaric land, victim to Viking raids and brutal power struggles. The Winter isles the ultimate prize.