It is 1666, the Year of the Beast, seen by many as the moment the Devil will appear on earth. Science is in ascendance, crowding out other systems of thought. The ancient art of alchemy is in retreat. No one has been able to make the Philosophers’ Stone for over a hundred years, but many of the best minds of the age are still in a desperate search for it. Stories vividly abound about how alchemists of yore had created a powerful stone of sorcery, one that rejuvenates all it touches -- turning decrepit old lead into precious fresh gold. This universal medicine was known to the alchemists by its true name: Red Sulphur. But the Divine Art is receding from the memory of humankind. Science is bought at a price.
This saga is based on the last verified historical reports by credible witnesses about a mysterious transmutation. It follows the lives of a great alchemist and the two extraordinary women he loves. The last in the world in possession of the miraculous Red Sulphur, the source of all creative powers, they are pursued by dark forces and powerful world leaders. This is a visionary tale spanning two generations of the last days when magic was strong. It is the story of the final embers of the long gone days when the Magi could still do what we, children of Science, hold to be impossible. It has been written down to honor the Ancestors.