Jews in a 12th century French town grapple with an outrageous and ominous, anti-Semitic charge. The weary rabbi, the young families, the simple tradesmen, all look to one scholar the only person who can save them.
In 15th century Spain, a Christian is inspired by a clandestine circle of Jewish conversos to seek his own long buried Jewish heritage, and in the process, learns the secret of Jewish survival.
Two hundred years later, a Polish town is bitterly divided between believers and non-believers in the false messiah, Shabbtai Tzvi. Parents, children, husbands and wives, rabbis and laymen battle as the powerful fervor reaches a deadly crescendo.
And centuries later, an assimilated Parisian Jew is magnetically drawn to the Judaism he despised as he races to escape the Nazi killing machine.