The story of Bernardo Vasques is the amazing tale of a man in search for glory as a poet and yet tormented by the genius of another man. It is a story about obsession — about himself; about another poet; about a book; about loneliness; about despair. All brought to life by envy — in the most extreme ways. The story of Bernardo Vasques — told thrillingly in the first person, as it was the transcript of his confession — takes place somewhere in the 16th century. It involves a perilous trip to the East and the stealing of a book by the poet he considered to be the most brilliant Portuguese poet of that time — the one he envied with all his soul.