Having completed the rape of Rhyll that was started by the Beast of the Black Wood, the Vikings have taken all they can and prepare to leave. Harald, the Viking leader, has taken a liking to Rhyll's only survivor, young Alek, and plans on taking the boy with him. Meanwhile, back in Turnbold, Spawn has found an unusual way to deal with Leech and Marcellus. and escapes Turnbold with not only his life, but with a sense of his place in the world; with a new perspective on his new life. In the deepest part of the forest, life is not so calm for Gareth. While he guards the Necroplasm, something is lurking in the woods.