The year is 1662. Alpine village hangman Jakob Kuisl receives a letter
from his sister calling him to the imperial city of Regensburg, where a
gruesome sight awaits him: her throat has been slit. Arrested and framed for
the murder, Kuisl faces first-hand the torture he’s administered himself for
Jakob’s daughter, Magdalena, and a young medicus named Simon hasten to
his aid. With the help of an underground network of beggars, a beer-brewing
monk, and an Italian playboy, they discover that behind the false accusation is
a plan that will endanger the entire German Empire.
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