Matthias Ste. Germain has been alone all of his life. Orphaned as an infant and emotionally distant from the world around him, he despairs of ever finding true love. Set in the dark, secret alleyways of the Orleans of long ago, a hostile world unfolds. A town is gripped in superstitious terror as an illness ravages the population. Church and state are hand-in-hand, with the charismatic, powerful and dynamic young preacher, Obadiah St. John at its helm. A former prostitute himself, Obadiah has turned his rage upon the gypsy community (as the young male escorts are known), and has sworn to wipe them out, one by one. Public executions are commonplace, and the gypsy community huddles in fear as he cuts a bloody swath through the town. Join Matthias on his lonely quest as he finds redemption, friendship, and true love with his beautiful Timothy...and at long last makes the journey from an inhuman monster to a man once more.