The story takes place in the 17th century imperial Spain under the reign of Philip IV a weak and easily manipulated monarch dominated by a corrupt court. Intrigue and betrayal, duels and battles, love and hatred are the stage for the adventures of “Captain Alatriste”. In His Majesty’s service a proud soldier in Flanders and in times of peace a hired sword in Madrid and Seville. He wasn’t the most virtuous of men, nor the most devout, but he was a man of valour. “His name was Diego Alatriste”!