FP 18,000(CDN) For most, the Black Death is the end. For a brave few, it heralds a new beginning. Widowed by her husband's death from the pestilence, Lady Anne assumes control of his people's future - 200 bonded serfs without rights of ownership to land. Strong, compassionate and resourceful - qualities she kept hidden from the husband she despised - Lady Anne chooses a bastard slave, Thaddeus Thurkell, to act as her steward. Together, they decide to quarantine Develish by bringing the serfs inside a defendable moat. With this sudden overturning of the accepted social order, where serfs exist only to serve their lords, conflict arises when they're given a voice.