A gothic tale for readers of all ages from the author of the bestselling The Shadow of the Wind. Barcelona, 1980. Óscar Drai finds himself drawn to an old dilapidated mansion where he meets the captivating and elusive Marina. She leads him to the cemetery to witness a mysterious ritual- on the fourth Sunday of every month, a veiled woman alights from a carriage and lays a single rose on an unmarked grave. Óscar and Marina are swept on a journey into the city's dark underground of labyrinthine sewers, corrupt policemen, ageing aristocrats, forgotten societies and criminal depravity...to a sinister tale of love, ambition and jealousy that will hold Óscar's heart forever.