Sixteenth century Holland, France, Russia, Italy, India and the Bahamas each have their own brand of HORROR! Tens of thousands of people escape from it! Thousands don't get away in time! Twelve LOVERS are among the escapees. Can LOVE conquer all, or can HORROR conquer LOVE?
IN THE SUMMER of 1555, Ivan IV Vasilyevich, the Grand Prince of Muscovy, also known as Ivan the Terrible, was twenty-five years old. He'd been officially crowned when he was seventeen. He was the first Czar of Russia, which was the equivalent of the Roman imperial title of Caesar, and had already earned the reputation of being one of Russia's most brutal and notorious rulers.
Before Ivan was born, a prophet had told his father, Grand Prince Vasily III of Muscovy, that Ivan would be an evil ruler and that he'd make rivers of blood flow in Russia....