The slowly starving villagers of
Tierkinddorf are getting desperate. It is the middle
of a bitterly cold winter following the second
summer in which there has been no harvest. Elderly
Gude Muller, sinking into dementia, knows that her
position in the house she and her husband Hensel
built is precarious now that it is ruled by her
daughter-in-law, Irmeltrud, who sees her as an
unnecessary mouth to feed; but at least she still
has the love of her son, Jost, and the companionship
of her old friend Kunne, the local healer.
Things take a turn for the worse when a fat Friar arrives clutching a well used copy of the medieval guide to identifying witches, The Witch's Hammer, and quickly and insidiously turns the villagers on one another in their efforts ...
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