The story takes place during time period of the War of the Roses in England. The House of York and The House of Lancaster were clashing for power. Gervais, the main character, leaves England during that time to become a knight of the White Cross and defend the fortress of Rhodes from the Turks. Great insight into the knights and what their functions were during that time period and the causes which they fight for! Gervais is a very engaging character and represents the best characteristics of a knight - a man of honesty, integrity and bravery. He is a "good man" worth cheering for to the end of the story!