The story opens in Spain in 1868.
A beautiful woman sets out to learn a secret sword thrust.
The fencing lessons begin amid political turmoil.
Two pupils begin a liaison that scandalises Madrid.
One of the pupils is found murdered.
One pupil disappears and a second is murdered.
A set of secret government letters holds the key to a murder.
A journalist is tortured after reading secret government letters.
A pupil comes back from the dead.