The Venice of an imaginative Renaissance world of horror . . .
On the eve of Napoleon’s final invasion of the floating city a mercenary of no account, Luciano Zucarro, returns to his benefactor carrying a monstrous treasure that has all but consumed his life. A fiery red gemstone, stolen from the grasp of a Mongol woman Zuccaro has murdered, burns the flesh from his bones and erodes the minds of all who touch it. But perhaps this is not the worst of the horrors that Zucarro must face as he floats down the Grand Canal in a gondola in an attempt to escape the gem, his mysterious employer, and his memories.
Narrated by G.M. Danielson