The story takes place in the early 1980’s and in the next-to-last decade of the 19th century. Various narratives involve people who live in the aftermath of war. The arrival of new troubles hinders their quest for renewal and in the 20th century part of the novel, the activities of the Scythian cult create a pile of trouble. The main characters slowly deepen in strength and wisdom. A gain in maturity moves them closer to the revival they seek.