Left for dead on a cold morgue table after a harrowing chase across the rooftops of Madrid, and floating somewhere between life and death, Lucas Belmonte discovers he has been betrayed by his best friend, his country, his beloved wife, and the ambassadors of his faith. He begins to tell his story, which ultimately turns out to be the story of a troubled Europe and the Mediterranean consumed by fighting between Moors and Christians in the sixteenth century, where faith is more a matter of political interests and vast wealth than true redemption. Only the steely will of a man in search of the truth can free him from the yoke of physical and spiritual slavery.
"Finally I see that we have transformed the Creator: like a bush with three thorns that bores through our flesh, through our very spirit, because of our stubborn and blind will. We grab this bush intending to make it ours, to secure it for ourselves alone, and in the process we bleed to death."