This book is the sixth part of the Oriental Odyssey series. Kara ben Nemsi and Hajji Halef Omar continue their pursuit of a murderous band that is in league with the Schut. Along the way Kara ben Nemsi rescues Schimin the blacksmith and his wife. Traveling further, our hero uncovers a smuggler’s cache and falls prey to the beggar Saban. Believing that Kara ben Nemsi has been killed, the beggar and his cohort divide their ill-gotten gain. Halef arrives just in time to rescue his beloved Sihdi but one thief escapes upon Rih and a mad ride to regain this valuable horse ensues. Later Kara ben Nemsi and Hajji Halef Omar find themselves in a pigeon loft, from where they spy on the ones they pursue. As their ride continues, they expose a vampire and finally face the Turkish law in Ostromja.