Vienna, 1903. In St. Florian’s military school, a young cadet is found dead - his body lacerated with razor wounds. Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt, baffled by details surrounding the case, turns to his friend - the psychiatrist and disciple of Freud - Doctor Max Liebermann, for help. In the closed society of the school, power is everything - and suspicion falls on an elite group of cadets, with a taste for sadism and dangerous games. A tangled web of uneasy relationships is uncovered, at the heart of which are St. Florian’s dark secrets, which Doctor Liebermann, using the new psychoanalytic tools, begins to probe. Against this backdrop of mystery and danger, Liebermann finds himself romantically involved with a passionate and elemental Hungarian concert violinist, gifted with uncannily accurate intuitions. Yet all is not what it seems, and Liebermann is drawn into the perilous world of espionage and forced to make choices, the outcome of which will threaten the entire stability of the Habsburg Empire.