Brother Tuck finds the bearer of the Holy Spoon Aulrik Von Lichenstein in the city of Frankfurt. Beset by thugs at the docks Aulrik is saved by his cousin Konrad and his wife Ells. Together they leave the city in search of a hermit who can tell them more about the spoon.
In the city of Mainz they encounter the notable alchemist Hugh who needs some incriminating documents seized from his rival in Worms. Since they are headed in that direction Konrad accepts the task and the band heads south toward Worms and the Hermit.