On the cusp of the French Revolution, a young, ambitious engineer of humble origins is summoned to Versailles for a royal commission - to clear the overflowing cemetery of Les Innocents in the heart of Paris. Convincing himself it is for the greater good and a way of clearing the burden of history, Jean-Baptiste Barratte sets about his unwelcome task. What he doesn't foresee are the dramas, violence and calamities it triggers, or that it will bring an unusual woman into his life. By the time the last bone has been removed, the transformation of Les Innocents has irrevocably changed him and his future.
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