"His name is Laszlo Gerevich. He was born more than a century ago with a remarkable talent for survival. In his time, he was a scholar, a poet, a warrior, a friend, and a lover, and though he has worn many hats in his hundred years, the one he wears now is as the Victorian. Laszlo races against the clock and the mysterious cyclochronometer to stop a cataclysmic event foreseen by the Order of the Blue Rose in the late nineteenth century. He must relive the many roles he has played in his life and discover that his past is indeed alive and walking the streets of New Orleans."