The First Crusade of the 1090s becomes the war cry of the age in saga 4.
The twins Waldere and Hengist leave for the East during the euphoria.Deva must endure a loveless marriage in Normandy and then negotiate the mindfield of amorous intent that is the Royal Court. Her girls join in the life in the bare pit and are not found wanting. For the captured Waldere, in Baghdad, the choices are much the same.
Any young maid must take her chances come what may and the lesson of opportunity can be a hard taskmaster. Life is for the living and may become an amoral maze for all but a few.