Claus is the son of a front-line soldier now growing up in post-war Molde. His father's thesis on the origins of The Heimskringla was lost during the bombing of Leipzig. The large house on the hillside falls slowly into disrepair, while apathy and illness spreads throughout the family. A Polish violinist escapes to Molde, where a preacher from Fiji and a German prince also come. Claus talks to birds while the city's war heroes are killed in mysterious circumstances.
Knut Ødegård (b. 1945) made his début as a poet in 1967. Since then he has published 14 collections of poetry and several translations of foreign, especially Icelandic and Old Norse poetry. He has also written fiction for children and youth, essays, plays and two documentaries. Knut Ødegård is the most translated Norwegian poet of our time, covering 42 languages.