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The exiled family of King Aethelfrith of Northumbria arrive after much hardship on the island of Iona where the monastery founded by St Columba has become a centre of worship and learning. Young Oswald becomes firm friends with a novice Aidan. When Aidan professes his final vows Oswald and his little brother Oswiu are received into the church. As befits a young prince Oswald learns to fight. However Aidan's example attracts him and he is on the point of deciding to become a monk when news reaches Iona that his half brother Eanfrith has been killed by Cadwallon the king who defeated Edwin. Oswald sails back to Northumbria and meets Cadwallon in battle defeating and killing him. Oswald now undisputed king of Northumbria gives Aidan the island of Lindisfarne as his base. But Penda the last great pagan king in England is raising troops against him.