The work of Nicholas Koppernigk, better known as Copernicus,
shattered the medieval view of the universe and led to the
formulation of the image of the solar system we know today. Here
his life is powerfully evoked in a novel that offers a vivid
portrait of a man of painful reticence, haunted by a malevolent
brother and baffled by the conspiracies that rage around him and
his ideas while he searches for the secret of life.