Cádiz · Jaén · Sevilla
In Imperial Spain during the 17th century, Diego Alatriste, a brave soldier in the service of His Majesty, fights in a war in the cold lands of Flanders. In a Dutch ambush, his friend and comrade in arms, Balboa, is mortally wounded. Alatriste hears one last request from his friends’ lips and promises to fulfil it: he will take care of his son Íñigo and keep him away from the soldier profession.
Upon his return to Madrid, Alatriste encounters a moribund Empire. Philip IV’s court, dominated by intrigues and corruption, is managed as the Count-Duke of Olivares pleases, with the support of the Spanish Inquisition.