The Waste Land chronicles the adventures of Hugh de Verdon, a monk turned knight, during the extraordinary historical events of the First Crusade. He journeys from the great Benedictine monastery of Cluny to Constantinople, Antioch, and Jerusalem. He encounters the Assassins, endures a persona epiphany, and discovers the "truth" behind the Holy Grail.
Hugh de Verdon's tale is retold by a group of desperate Oxford professors, based on his autobiographical manuscript, discovered in their college library. Their humorous and murderous story also provides a commentary on the 11th century events and shows that they are perhaps not all they seem.