England 1201 in the reign of King John. Nottingham and the shire are caught in the grip of famine - the rains have come and the crops have failed. Starvation and death have taken hold.
Worse still, war with France looms and Phillips attempts to save the people have attracted the attention of old enemies - enemies who are intent on exacting a high price for previous losses.
Forced to confront the truth of the situation, Phillip ventures into the one place where he may find the help he needs - Sherwood Forest.
Phillip will face his enemies in a fight that will cost him that which is closest to his heart.