Sixteen year old Rune has grown up in the Black Forest in Bavaria, raised by an old woman who tells people's fortunes using Rune stones. Laurentz, whose step mother is ill and dying, is the son of the Electorate. Rumors of witchcraft, plague and ruin, witch trials and drownings are part of the dark history in the story. Can Rune avoid burning at the stake with the help of Laurentz? I enjoyed this first book in the series and look forward to the next.