Novelist Alix Christie brings to life one of the most momentous events in history: the birth of printing in medieval Germany—a story of invention, intrigue, and betrayal, told through the lives of the three men who made it possible.
Youthful, ambitious Peter Schoeffer is on the verge of professional success as a scribe in Paris when his foster father, wealthy merchant and bookseller Johann Fust, summons him to meet “a most amazing man”–Johann Gutenberg, a driven and caustic inventor, who has devised a revolutionary—and to some, blasphemous—method of bookmaking: a machine he calls a printing press. As they produce copies of the Holy Bible, mechanical difficulties and the crushing power of the Catholic Church threaten their work. As outside forces align against them, these men must work together to prevail against overwhelming obstacles—a battle that will change history . . . and irrevocably transform them.