'On the yew bow, there was a silver plate engraved with a yale, a fabulous beast of claws and horns that was the badge of his father's family, the Vexilles. The yale held a cup and that cup was Grail. Always the Grail.'
Thomas of Hookton, having survived the battle of Crecy, is sent by the King on a mission to discover more about his father's strange inheritance, which seems connected to the Holy Grail. This, Christendom's greatest relic, was thought to guarantee victory to whoever held it. But caught up in a battle against an army invading the North of England, Thomas finds that he is not the only person pursuing the Grail and that his rivals will stop at nothing to defeat him.
Thomas returns to his birthplace in the hope that he may find - among the ruins of his old home and his father's church - some indication of his father's secrets and his family's destiny. There, he discovers more about his father, but puts himself into even greater danger as the only holder of rare knowledge. Returning to France, Thomas finds old comrades and rediscovers a lost love. Then, in terrible circumstances, he at last comes face to face with his enemy and cousin - the elusive Guy Vexille, Count of Astarac.
Archers and mercenaries, Kings and monks, cardinals and noblemen of every hue - and one lady - bring the whole fourteenth century world brilliantly alive, amidst countries at war and a family in search of its lost inheritance.
VAGABOND is the second book in Thomas of Hookton's journey, which began in HARLEQUIN