Iceland, 1829: Agnes Magnusdottir, sentenced to death for the brutal slayings of two men, is sent to a farmstead to await her execution. The family who owns the farm--the Jonssons---are horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer. Only Toti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and two daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard. A haunting, lyrical, and beautifully written debut.