The Spider & the Stone: A Novel of Scotland's Black Douglas, Glen Craney. As the 14th century dawns, Scotland’s survival hangs by a thread. While the Scot clans scrap over their empty throne, brutal Edward Longshanks of England invades, scheming to annex it to his realm. 1 frail, dark-skinned lad stands in the monarch’s path. The Scots cherish him as "Good Sir James." Here is the story of Scotland’s War of Independence & the remarkable events that followed the execution of William Wallace.