Germany during the Thirty Years' War was a hell on earth. Tyll Ulenspiegel survives because he refuses to die. He betrays his father, runs away and becomes a mountebank - all because he refuses to die. He meets all sort of people - Dr Tesimond, the only surviving Gunpowder Plotter, Athanasius Kircher, an academic, and Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia. And still Tyll refuses to die. This is a sardonic, darkly humorous tale of survival..