An extraordinary adventure into one of the most splendid and fascinating periods in Spanish history, revealing a thrilling secret that has taken five hundred years to come to light.
When Diego de Soto finishes his university studies in Valladolid he becomes the disciple of one of his professors, the great royal chronicler Pedro Mártir de Anglería. Diego’s first assignment as his assistant is to travel to Seville to collect information on the expeditions to the New World. But this research trip will be much more involved than he imagines. While looking into the voyage undertaken by Magellan, who was considered a traitor by many, he discovers that the testimonies of the few survivors of that epic expedition –which managed to reach the Moluccan Islands and circumnavigate the globe for the first time— including the account by Captain Elcano, do not coincide with the official chronicles. Diego begins to doubt everything that has previously been said about the Portuguese explorer.
History is written by those who make it home. But what if it isn't the truth? Was Elcano actually the great Spanish hero of the expedition that opened the doors to the East for Europeans?
A gripping historical thriller that calls into question the official narrative that we have always been told.