Tarjei Lind of the Ice People had promised his grandfather Tengel that he would find a worthy heir to their secret recipes. Tarjei decides to give all of this - plants, herbs, potions and recipes - to Mattias, Kolgrim’s half-brother. When this reaches Kolgrim’s ears one summer’s day in 1633, his evil mind flares up in appalling violence.
Cecilie and Alexander Paladin’s daughter, Gabriella was born and bred in Denmark together with her twin brother, Tancred. A degrading event forces Gabriella to visit her relatives in Norway and her stay there is of great significance to the entire kin.