"Kansas, 1880. Elijah Stern, the local undertaker, is asked to analyze the death of his latest 'client', Charles Bening, a notorious alcoholic who died of a cardiac arrest while visiting a brothel. Or at least, so it seems. Bening's decease is followed by another mysterious death, that of his very own brother-in-law. That makes two deaths and a whole load of questions for Stern, who would never have imagined that the answers are to be found in his own past, during the darkest hours of the American Civil War..."