In the fourteenth century, opportunities for women are limited to the home. But spirited young Madlen finds her calling as assistant to the city's trusted midwife, Clara. Working alongside Clara, Madlen develops a surprisingly soothing technique and quickly becomes a talented healer. After Clara's tragic death, Madlen alone rushes to assist the birth of a local nobleman's child. But rather than the joy of birth, Madlen walks into an accusation of murder and witchcraft because of her extraordinary gifts. Forced to flee her own town, she establishes a new identity in the home of her aunt.
"First book I read where lies were the norm"
In medieval Germany, Madlen Goldmann left her passion for medicine behind to live a life of quiet contentment with her devoted husband, Johannes, and their children. But when Madlen's aunt delivers the news that Johannes's father, Peter, has gone blind, Madlen must use her healing skills to help just one more time. While caring for her father-in-law, Madlen assists a handsome young doctor, Franz von Beyenburg, in a procedure to restore Peter's sight - something she never dreamed possible.
Cologne, 1351: Elisabeth and Stephen Hardenstein are twins, but they could not be more different. While Elisabeth is inspired by the family business, absorbing everything her father shows her about the cloth trade, Stephen enjoys a leisurely life and pays little attention to their father's teachings. Elisabeth recognizes her true vocation as a tradeswoman, and though the odds are stacked against her, she pursues her passion.
Heidelberg 1388: Die junge Madlen steht schon früh im Dienst einer Hebamme und hilft ihr bei Geburten und der Behandlung von Frauenleiden. Neben ihrem umfassenden Wissen über Kräuter, durch die sie Schmerzen lindert, stößt sie während einer Geburt eher zufällig auf die beruhigende Wirkung durch flackerndes Kerzenlicht in Verbindung mit gesprochenen Psalmen. Natürlich darf niemand etwas von dieser besonderen Methode erfahren, schließlich kann es sich hierbei nur um Hexenwerk handeln.