Lawrence the traveling merchant and his companion, Holo the Wisewolf, head north in search of Holo's home of Yoitsu. Using information obtained in the pagan town of Kumersun, they finally arrive at the small countryside village of Tereo.
A church priest in Tereo is said to know the whereabouts of a monk who specializes in the tales of the pagan pantheon, but when Lawrence visits the church, he's met instead by the unsociable Elsa. When the village's very existence is threatened, will Lawrence and Holo be able to escape with any information about Yoitsu? Or, for that matter, their lives?