Father Bredder continues to enjoy a quiet reputation as a priestly detective, even in the remote village of Sao Joaquim, Portugal, where he tenaciously solves a mystery plaguing the inhabitants for two countries, while he simultaneously uncovers a festering scheme to smuggle heroin out of the country. Delving into the records of Dom Joan's violent death in the year 1724. Father Bredder comes upon startling and incriminating evidence. The careful together of an archaic puzzle involves not only his keen intellectual powers, but also an exciting flair for dramatic action. her is an intelligent professional sleuth. His fascinating maneuvers result in an engrossing plot and a well resolved denouement.