Two decades after the discovery of ‘Hayti’, Spain’s first American colony, a Florentine nun leads a mission to the island. She also has a secret assignment – to find out if the passage through to Asia depicted on a world map published by the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller really exists.
She befriends a Dominican monk who has been collecting accounts of Spanish atrocities. Their investigations bring them into contact with Taíno freedom fighters and their allies, escaped African slaves from the new sugar plantations. Eventually they come to the attention of the brutal colonial authorities.
The story unfolds against the background of the horrors of the Conquista, the destruction of the Americas’ original peoples and the start of the Atlantic slave trade.