London, beginning of the 11th century. The young Rob Cole discovers at the disappearance of his mother that he possesses a special gift allowing him to feel by touch the imminence of the death. Alone and without resources, it is with a traveling barber that he discovers the art of healing. Swearing to become a doctor and to overcome death himself, he decided to go to Persia to study with the “prince of the scientists,” Avicenna. In the face of barbarian invasions, wars of religion, and devastating epidemics, will he succeed in accomplishing his destiny?