Merlyn, the eldest, as dark and enigmatic as a new moon, is the first of whom we shall hear. His wife, Ysabella, fled his side five years past when she learned the truth about him. She thinks the matter resolved, when Merlyn comes to her again, entreating her aid. Shocked by her response to his presence, she does the only sensible deed, and declines to aid the thief and murderer who is still her spouse.
And the very next day, word comes to Ysabella that Merlyn has been murdered...and worse, he has willed his every possession to her. This includes the family keep of Ravensmuir....but does it include Merlyn's notorious trade?