But Gabriel Ventuza, producer of medicinal herbs, turns up instead. His older brother Hamza has sent him here, with a pile of cash, to exhume and bring home their father’s mortal remains. On the way here Gabriel is robbed. He is left without any clothes or a bean to his name, yet if he fails in his mission he can count on the rage of his dreaded brother. Hamza was an army officer at one time, he is currently in prison, but his hand reaches everywhere, even to Bogdanski Dolina.Gabriel is terribly frightened Colentina Dunka, the local hairdresser, helps Gabriel. The focal point of the story is her hairdressing salon, where the priests come to have their false beards combed. Colentina doesn’t give Gabriel money, but she gets him appointed field chaplain of the internment camp. The job goes with a motorized tricycle, a habit and a beard. Even so his situation is hopeless. The exhumation is very expensive, yet he can barely put aside anything from his low wages. Not only that, Petrus, Colentina Dunka’s foster son, who returns home from exile, presents a great danger. Everything Gabriel has got at one time belonged to Petrus, in fact Colentina Dunka even promised him her hairdressing assistant, Mauzi who has taken a fancy to Gabriel. Petrus does everything to thwart the newcomer.
A solution is offered to Gabriel Ventuza by a mysterious stranger who, aware that he is the son of the famous people smuggler Viktor Ventuza, persuades Gabriel, for a handsome reward, to help two of his relatives escape from the camp where they are interned. Gabriel brings off the escape, but his plan - due to Petrus’s effective intervention - fails. Petrus doesn’t want Viktor Ventuza’s mortal remains to be taken away because Viktor was his father too. His task unaccomplished, Gabriel is at a loss. Events have come a full circle when the dreaded Hamza arrives, now as an archbishop...
From now on Petrus and Gabriel share a common fate: they have to flee to the woods.