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.
"Manuela pushed open the wooden shutters that held out the sea winds. Leaning slightly into the onshore breezes spitting salty spray through the now open window, Manuela looked down at the fat man’s bicorne hat. She said in a clear round voice, in English, “Come up if you please or stay there arguing if you please, Sir, either way, make your choice swiftly for I am a woman with much to do this morning.” The startled man lifted his face, with open mouth, to peer through sharp sunshine in the direction of her voice, and his lips smiled. He tipped his hat to the porter, placed two gold coins in the man’s palm and turned through the narrow gated courtyard entrance to climb the stairwell he thought would lead to his goal."