Goretti Irisarri & Jose Gil Romero
A YOUNG TRANSLATOR FACING AGAIN A DANGEROUS ESPIONAGE PLOT IN MISTY POST-WAR GALICIA.
A DARK CENSOR OBSESSED WITH FINDING THE AUTHOR OF A MYSTERIOUS MANUSCRIPT.
A REVOLUTIONARY SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY AIMED BY ALL THE POWERS INVOLVED IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR.
1941. Nazism advances in Europe. The strong control of Generalissimo Franco blows over the Galician cliffs like an icy wind
José Luis Merinero is a censor of the Ministry of Propaganda, a bitter man who has lost his wife and who turns the books he touches into ashes.
One morning, the censor is commissioned to investigate a mysterious manuscript entitled The Swarm, a fast-paced autobiographical novel where the translator Elsa Braumann tells how she has to steal the secrets that a prestigious Nazi scientist hides in a certain red notebook.
Three hundred pages away separate José Luis Merinero from the author of the manuscript, but as the censor advances among spies, murderers and betrayals, he feels a kind of fascination for her. The censor soon notices that Elsa's efforts are turning her into a shadow.
The manuscript, however, is an unfinished work: nothing is known about the outcome of the mission and the translator is missing.
Driven by an insatiable thirst for redemption, the censor begins to investigate what really happened to Elsa Braumann. This dark man, who no longer had any hope, believes that there is still salvation for her.