Book 1 - The False Door tells of Ina and Nyam escaping the Inca royal vengeance against their illegal union. Their blood soaks the soil of the Muisca sacred lake, El Dorado.
Book 2 - The Man and La Mancha tells of Miguel captured and enslaved by a rich Arab merchant, and of his fame for storytelling.
Book 3 - The Horseless Rider tells of the Marquis of Surba's love of the Chibcha nun, Zara. Their next years are spent eluding pursuers and curses.
Book 4 - The Jam Maker tells of Herman Melville seeking a woman of enormous historical import in South America. He finds Manuela Saenz a long way from revolution and glory.
Book 5 - The Fog Splitters tells of Blanca Poveda's secret political work when she meets Jose Paris who is caught in a web of antiquity theft.
Book 6 - Drinking Pitch tells of Juan Castillo's deadly political affiliations. Anie Crowe accidentally meets the injured Juan and together they cross several borders to relive the curse of Ina and Nyam.
"This morning like any other, she was writing with a light attention to her poetry since she had an ominous feeling as if her world is again to be torn of its muslin walls and exposed to an outside hostile audience. The bells were sounding and she had given no order for their ringing. The air was thick in this spring heat with disquietude. Madre Francisca Josefa was already alert to the wind that flies around the cloisters of the convent. Following the first cry of alarm in the convent, and the rising clammer of bells, came the sound of Sister Fernando’s hurried steps down the stone corridor, outside the Mother Superior’s door. .... Madre Francisca Josefa del Castillo sighed and lowered her quill, brushing ink from her fingers on the hem of her habit. She rose from her wooden chair. Hands folded, fingertips to her chin, she faced the door and waits for the knock, for the beginning of yet another earthly drama."