It is the late 1930's and Ernst Schaeffer is a young, brilliant German zoologist and ornithologist with a successful Ametican-led expedition to Tibet behind him.
Schaeffer is offered the opportunity to lead his own team on an even more extensive Tibet expedition which will allow Schaeffer to pursue all of his ambitions.
But Schaeffer is, by now, an SS officer, under the direct command of Heinrich Himmler who want to use the trip to gather evidence to support his theories of Aryan superiority.
At each stage of his imperceptibly slow slide from pure scientist to SS functionary, Schaeffer, like Faust, must make compromises, make deals with his own personal devil.
'From the embers of history, Kaminsky weaves a cracking tale of adventure, competing loyalties and the folly of sacrificing reason on the ideological altar.' Author: Bram Presser
The Hollow Bones implores us to pay careful attention to the crucial lessons we might learn from our not-too-distant history.