Along with her cousin Helen Urquhart, she is whisked away from her overprotective father to Loch Carron. Naive in many ways, Katherine finds out what is required of the wife of the next chieftain of clan MacDonald. The MacDonald men are warriors, fighting for both their clan and Scotland but are also husbands, fathers and farmers, and are passionate about their dancing, their fighting, and when they make love. In the hash times they live, the need to survive controls all the decisions they make including treaties, betrothals and who will live and who will die. They will kill whenever it is necessary to protect their clan and family. You are guilty until proven otherwise.
The MacDonald women are different to the woman of other clans, as some chose to become Chevaleresses “French for female knight” and fight beside their men.