The village of Aftlain lies at the edge of the world, deep within the Forest of Centopani. At the heart of the village is the Tallow Bridge, which spans the turbulent, purifying waters of the Centopani River, an historic place of judgement and reckoning. Aftlain's talented residents seek sanctuary there from the intolerance of the High Church of Albion. The High Church regards the ancient village as a breeding ground for witchery, the worshipping of false, dark deities and the practising of unholy works. Accordingly, Steadholder Samael Thaindire is dispatched by the Order of Allsaints, the High Church's zealous military wing, to travel to the hidden village and unearth its secrets. Thaindire, a witch hunter, is charged with exterminating the whisperings of witchcraft and to do so with the customary ruthness for which the Order is known. The arrival of Thaindire, as one of the Exalted, a white blood, will trouble the unusual denizens of Aftlain, but is the arrival of a white blood exactly what the villagers want and need for their own machinations ? The Exalted clash with the Tainted in a tale of butchery, mystery, witchery and treachery. Who are the fragile and why do they fall at Tallow Bridge ?