The Path of Defiance Led Only to Danger! Seventeenth-century France was a time of fear and persecution. A time when those who dared to defy the King's religion were mercilessly oppressed or sent into exile. And one of those was Edouard, Clemence's brother, forced ten years earlier to leave his beloved home and family. Now he was returning and Clemence's heart filled with terror. Would he be condemned for heresy? Would Clemence herself be thrown into prison for sheltering him? The clatter of horses' hooves jolted her back to the present. Edouard had arrived!