Oxford, 1583. The cloistered academic and spiritual home of the world's most revered scholars. But somewhere within the private chambers, a brutal killer lurks. Giordano Bruno -- monk, scientist, philosopher, and magician -- is wanted by the inquisition on charges of heresy. After years on the run, Bruno is mysteriously recruited by Queen Elizabeth I and sent to Oxford -- officially, to take part in a debate; unofficially, to uncover a Catholic plot against the queen.