Cellach and Dairac leave Rome. The goal of their journey is to obtain lapis lazuli to make the bright blue paint needed to use for the robes in a portrait of Holy Mary for the great Gospel. So they press on to go to the source beyond the sea and through the desert.
Cellach travels with Karl Rex’s court to Rome to adjudicate the overthrow of Pope Leo. Still searching for lapis lazuli for making the special blue ink, he meets a woman trader who shows him both the sites and corruption of Rome.
Cellach spends a year at the court of Karl Rex in Aix, but it must end with a series of sad goodbyes.