To some, Gabriel is the root of the plague that has fallen on France. As Captain of the King’s Scottish Guards, Gabriel was suppose to protect his liege, but during a jousting tournament Gabriel’s lance broke and punctured the eye of Henry Valois, killing the king. Although the dying king pardoned Gabriel, the damage had been done. The last strong Valois king was dead, leaving three young and pampered boys to succeed the throne. As France falls further into chaos, Gabriel is condemned as a witness to his own crime.