1532 - A letter is stolen from the Chancellery of Venice. The contents of the letter could spell doom for the Ottoman Grand Vizier if the Sultan ever came to hear of it. So begins a game of cat-and-mouse as the letter is chased down through the streets of Venice and Istanbul. But what has that got to do with the arrest of a rabbi in Venice and the escape of his daughter? And why does Adam Pasha, a retired judge and one-time vizier, get called upon to travel to Venice to bargain for the rabbi’s release?