beast on the loose
year is 1766 - the peasants of Gevaudan are wracked
with terror. The rocky countryside is often shrouded
in fog, and of late, blood curdling screams pierce the
is on the rampage. Killing women and children, it rips its
victims to shreds and literally tears off their faces. Hunting
groups are organised to track the beast down and spectacular
prove to be useless because the Beast miraculously disappears
every time it is cornered. It continues to wreak havoc. Could
it be a werewolf? Nobody can believe this.
Fears are running high and it is the subject on everybody’s
lips. Not knowing what to think, people believe it is a curse
- a monster from Hell - a scourge sent down by God! The news
has reached Louis XV’s court and everybody is talking about
it at Versailles as well.
is growing impatient with the whole affair and decides to send
Gregoire de Fronsac, a man of the enlightenment and an excellent
scientist, to Gevaudan to investigate the situation.
Accompanied by Manu, his strange and taciturn companion, they
find the people in the region completely distraught. Fronsac
is unrelenting in his investigation.
exists, this is a fact - But what is its true nature? Is there
someone manipulating its actions? Who would benefit from its
ravages? Is it a curse or some cruel machinations?
In order to get to the bottom of this mystery, Fronsac will
have to rely on the aid of the young Marquis d’Apcher, an enlightened
aristocrat, Sylvia, a bewitching young Italian courtesan and
her clever ruses, and Marianne de Morangias, the girl who has
captured his heart...