A raw and intense collection of intricately layered short stories that touch on the recurring themes of sexual violence, domestic abuse, mental illness, and addiction.
Malta, the second half of the 18th century: Bartolomeo, a descendant of one of the most important families of the papal nobility, is a Knight of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta which rules the island. Captain of the “Levriero”, a vessel given to him by his father and part of the Melitense fleet, a member of the Grand Master’s guard, a friend of some trusted confreres, the young man, while realizing that the Order is no longer what it once was, seems to have fulfilled his dreams and is satisfied with his own existence. One evening, however, Bartolomeo casually sees something he shouldn’t see and everything changes radically: for the Roman nobleman a declining parable begins that will lead him to clash with the power games at the top of the government of the island, to become an outcast of the Order and, even, to be a fugitive accused of murder. His new condition will drag him into a series of adventures and encounters giving him the opportunity to better understand himself and the reality that surrounds him, to get to have a main role in the “Revolt of the Priests” led by don Gaetano Mannarino and, unexpectedly, to fall in love …
It’s true, Rome and Julian’s mishaps and missteps lead them down a very dangerous path, but they still ended out on top thanks to a little “hope” and an ancient magical pact. And with the promise of Camelot looming in the near future, it’s time to take this show on the road.
Her head had been shaved of all its hair and there was a trace of faintly red stubble over the exposed scalp. She wore a filthy gray smock which barely covered her emaciated frame and there were bruises and welts on her arms and legs, as well as cuts still in the process of healing that oozed a slow trickle of blood.