Set in Britain in AD 132, the second book in Nash’s Druids of Avalon series describes the struggle of a small community of druids to preserve their sanctuary on the Isle of Avalon (identified with Glastonbury Tor) from the Romans by concealing it in a magical mist.
To protect the settlement from a dangerous Roman magician, the shape-shifting druidess Gwendolyn seeks the help of Marcus, a Roman blacksmith, to create a mighty sword with magical powers. They name it Exchalybur (and it is destined to be wielded by Arthur, of course). Although their supernatural battle against the magician forms the climax of the plot, the real struggle is between love and duty, as the beautiful, silver-haired Gwendolyn is forced to choose between her responsibility to stay and defend Avalon and her torrid passion for the handsome and muscular Marcus.
Their many amorous encounters are described in erotic detail, and as a result this combination of historical romance and fantasy will appeal to readers who are less interested in history than in sex that is graphic, lovers who are passionate and tormented, and magic that often reflects their mental state.