The tale of the Burned One, a mad noble who demanded children’s lives as tribute and sought eternal life, is told in a forgotten corner of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire.
An amateur folklorist hears it while wandering the Balkans following the end of the Great War and tries to trace its origins. She is driven, by a compulsion beyond reason and explanation, to find what truth, if any, lies behind this unbelievable story.
She will find it in a forgotten palace, secluded deep in the mountains. What else she finds there is beyond all belief. It will change her, forever.