The main characters are Abelard Bauer, Andreas Schiffer, and Jakob Diederich. After two young lovers, Stefan Bauer and Heinrich Schiffer, run away from home, they lived in complete happiness.. Until they met their tragic fate. The deaths of these lovers cause their fathers to come together. Through Jakob's secret, Abelard is able to understand his son better and eventually accepted his fate, knowing Stefan died happy. By reading Heinrich's journal, Andreas is also learning about his own son from his perspective, but finds it more difficult, and humiliating, that his son was part of something that was said to be blasphemous. Long after purchasing the glass minstrel, Schiffer begins to understand the truth of his and Bauer's sons' relationship.
This book was very interesting and led to an ending that I coudln't predict. What I liked about the book was the character deveopment - which made the characters more realistic. They were realistic because of the problems they faced. What I didn't like, was the upsetting end to Jakob's feelings for Covell.