Can two miniature paintings bring down a government? When a young German woman is bequeathed two paintings -- presumed destroyed during the siege of Madrid in 1936 -- a simple errand becomes a deadly chase. The new blood of Europe encounters the old Blood of Spain, revealing secret allegiances and ambitions of power, as an international cast of characters journey to the dark soul of Spain's ignoble past. Greed, vanity, pride, envy and lust fuel a murderous hunt for ...vengeance? supremacy? or truth?