The Templar Knight : Exiled from his own lands, he became a celebrated fighter, a legend in his own time. He was Master of the great Gaza stronghold and lands. He was the champion of the Knights Templar. But Arn de Gothia has also become the friend of the Crusaders' most feared enemy, the great Saladin. Through this friendship, through his own study of Arabic, through his observations of the way that the Muslims around him lived their lives, he finds himself increasingly at odds with the unruly behavior of his fellow Crusaders. At home, his family steer a difficult path between the opposing claimants to the throne. Arn's son, unknown to him, is raised in hiding. But as the pace of war between the Crusaders and the Saracens quickens, Arn's prowess as a fighter and his leadership over the unruly warriors becomes of paramount importance. The battle for Jerusalem begins . . .