A medieval executioner's daughter discovers that she can make choices about her own future, though the rewards may be equaled by the risks.
"All Lily could remember when she got to the hill was looking up at the distant gallows and the roar of the crowd around her. On the platform, a tall man looped nooses around the thieves' necks and pulled the ropes till the condemned hung like sacks of grain."
Born into the family of an executioner, Lily has always been sheltered by her mother from the horrors of her father's occupation. While her mother assists her father in all his daily duties, Lily spends her time caring for her animals, collecting herbs, and playing alone in the forest. But when her ailing mother takes a turn for the worse, Lily is suddenly thrust into the paralyzing role of executioner's assistant.
Aside from preparing healing concoctions for the suffering and maimed, Lily must now accompany her father at the town executions, something she has never done before. Though she loves her father, the emotional burden of his disturbing profession is just too much for her to bear. Lily must find a way to change her destiny, no matter the consequences.
Set in medieval England, this well-researched and beautifully written novel tells the story of one girl's fight to rise above her fate.