An unusual and tasty addling of the adventures of Lief Ericson and a sentimental journey back to the days when the Norse gods were brooding in their haunts, knowing that with the coming of Christianity their end was at hand. When Theobrand, the Christian priest, arrived in Iceland to net the Icelanders into the political and religious control of Olaf of Norway, Lief, the son of Eric the Red, undertook to pay an ancient debt to Thor by transporting some of his countrymen to a new land -- Vinland, which lay far across the Western sea. Although his small son was withheld from Lief by his wife who fell under the spell of the priest, Lief returns after the death of Olaf in 1000 to wreak revenge. With Lief's return, however, although a conquest by Christianity has been postponed, there comes a realization that the old gods are gone forever that the faith of Odin and Thor is dead. A thoroughly absorbing tale for hammock Vikings, and the battle between Christianity and the tough muscled gods, with Odin out in front by several lengths, is a heady reconstruction. Out of the Ordinary.