Trying to solve the riddle of the Templar medallion, Joy and Alaric travel to Montsegur in Southern France. The mountain fortress was said to be the true grail castle. It was also here the medieval Cathar faith met its end, when 225 Cathar priests and priestesses were burned alive by the Vatican on March 16 1244. Going singing unto the pyre they prophesied that they would return in seven hundred years.
Reading about Andvari’s many lives and his vicious struggles with his arch enemy, the black magician Asura, they begin to understand the true nature of the battle of mankind. As they approach the sacred mountain a playful intimacy develops between Joy and Alaric. But in a remote corner of Alaric’s mind a terrible suspicion is taking form.