A man, dissatisfied with his step-sons life choices, decides to leave his manor to Shrewsbury Abbey. When the man ends up poisoned after eating food sent from the abbey, the step-son becomes the prime suspect in the murder. Cadfael doubts the quick assumption, sets out to find the actions and motives behind the crime, and in the process may help to redeem himself for a promise long unfulfilled. Written by
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[after Meurig has begged that Cadfael deliver him up to the authorities
What benefit to the world would your death bring?
What must I do, brother?
Give your love freely and look for nothing in return.