In 1204 A.D., the Fools' Guild is on the run from an
enraged Pope Innocent III and the Papal troops he's
dispatched to destroy them. Now, hidden in their secret
enclave deep within the Black Forest, the fools,
troubadours and novitiates, including the jester couple
Theophilos and Claudia, come together for their evening
gathering to hear Father Gerald, their ancient leader, tell
one of the greatest stories from the history of the Guild.
It begins in Denmark, during a time of civil war when three
men laid claim to the throne while a fourth watched and
bided his time. Into the strategically crucial town of
Slesvig, the Guild sends Terence of York, who is promptly
dubbed Yorick by the Duke's young son, Amleth. What unfolds
is a tale of treachery, tragedy and bloodshed that is the
true story behind one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies.
But Father Gerald's history contains secrets never known to
anyone outside the Guild, and as he recounts it, Theophilos
feels a chill steal over his heart.
For not even Father Gerald knows the ending of this story.
But Theophilos does.