Kyriakos Roussias immigrated to America when he was fifteen. He won't speak much about his family nor about the past. Now, at age forty-three, he lives in Gaithersburg and works as a researcher for the National Health Institute at Frederick. Without prior notice, he returns to his home village, Pagomeno, for the first time in the summer of '98. He spends the whole of August there in the mountains, looking for another Kyriakos Roussias - his cousin and the killer of his father. Old blood binds them together and keeps them apart - the old blood of seven relatives, not merely of one. They are both consumed by the same fire. Day by day, the distance between Roussias of Frederick and Roussias of the plateau of Pagomeno becomes smaller.