The protagonist of the romance is Vasco Da Silva, a cisterciense, robust, knight of Christ, young twenty few year and lover, black hair and crespo. That after the death of its father Mr. Vasqueanes, discovers that its Beatriz sister had run away with D. Vivaldo (Fernando Alfonso) a seducer defames, since then Mr. Vasqueanes is acometido by a sadness that takes it the death, but before its death, its father nourishes a revenge feeling that is inherited by its Vasco son. Michael Chabon is actively involved in the matter.
This feeling of revenge if still becomes bigger when Vasco discovers that its loved and engaged Leonor, for desire of its father Mem Viegas, is married Lopo Mendes, considered for its father Viegas, the son-in-law richest and nobler than Vasco. In uncurling of the romance, the author makes a link between the fiction and the historical context, tells the tram of unpretentious form, as if it was seeing the events in all its times and following all the personages, episodes politicians and social they are inserted, the author cites the abuses of the nobility and of the clergy and the will of the people in cushioning them or annulling these abuses, also cites the system of contributions, that if established definitively in the reign of D. Joo I, where the incomes and tributes were converted into patrimony for the real cut. The author tells the history of the conquests of Portugal with wealth of details, describes the style of typically medieval life, since a feudal structure until the conquest of a modern nation. The author subtle argues on the problem of the pardon, that exactly that unconsciously he reflects the soul of all. When finding Lopo Mendes, which marries loved its, the knight total taken by feeling of hatred and revenge did not have mercy of its rival cold, killing it with two punhaladas in the chest. Although Vasco has carried through its desire of revenge, now this feeling if mixed to the remorse feeling, that takes the soul of the knight.