Psychologist Loche Newirth wonders if it was his fall: the 50-foot drop from the rocky cliff to the icy water below. Is this why he has been hallucinating? Or is it because one of his clients is dead, or his mentor has gone mad, or his wife is leaving him? He can't bring himself to believe what he has been seeing. Insane things like a massive, searching eye. He sees it in the water below the cliff. He sees it in mirrors, on walls: a massive, crystal blue iris and fathomless pupil there in the center of his life, looking at him.
To find the answer, Loche pens the recent events of his life into a book and leaves the work behind for his mentor, Dr. Marcus Rearden, to interpret. As Rearden reads, he plunges into the harrowing depths of Loche's reality: his loss of a client, the discovery of an unknown past, an ancient conflict over possession of the human condition, the awesome reality of the gods walking among us, and the crimes of humanity invading the hope that lies beyond the grave.
And along the way, Loche tells of unforgettable characters: the torn and manic housewife who teeters on the edge of sanity; a depressed, swashbuckling swordsman who believes he is over 600 years old; the stoned and prolific painter and his perilous work he must keep secret; and the beautiful businesswoman who abandons her life's work for a love she never expected.
Koep's story sweeps from the mountain lakes of North Idaho to the Italian Riviera and ancient waterways of Venice - a milieu of fine art, fine food, secret lovers, sharp steel, Mafia, ancient languages, and the loud music of classic vinyl LPs.