by actual events taking place during the reign of King Louis XV, The
Brotherhood of the Wolf revisits one of the rare French myths, that of
the "Beast of Gevaudan" which killed a number of persons before being
vanquished under mysterious circumstances.
For two years, the monstrous Beast had been terrorizing the region of
Gevaudan, attacking mostly women and children. It is said to be
colossal size and dragon-like and often rumored of being the devil. All
of France was shaken by these inexplicable killings.
by the Royal Court, Gregoire de Fronsac arrives in Gevaudan
one autumn night. His mission is to find the Beast and to eventually
destroy it during a hunt. Strong, spirited, and rational, the young
noble horseman is accompanied by the taciturn Mani, a Mohawk Indian
that he met in New France during the Seven Years War. The two are
housed at the home of old Marquis D'Apcher's, whose grandson, Thomas,
serves as their guide.
During a dinner given in his honor, Fronsac meets Mariane De Morangias
along with her brother Jean-Francois, members of the most influential
family in the region. A traveler as well, Jean-Francois lost an arm
during a great African hunt.
the Beast's attacks multiply as winter arrives, Fronsac is met
with animosity from the more influential people of the region. His
interest for Marianne increases, but his liaison with Sylvia, a
beautiful but troubled prostitute, doesn't help matters. The King,
unhappy with the lack of progress during the numerous hunts, dispatches
his own lieutenant, Antoine de Beauterne, to the region. No sooner does
he arrive to Gevaudan, than he captures a wolf, claiming falsely that
he has killed the Beast. Under the order of the King, Fronsac is forced
to participate in this pretense before being allowed to return to Paris.
Braving the King's mandate not to return to Gevaudan, the horseman
decides to respond to Thomas D'Apcher plea to organize one last hunt.
This time, Mani will head the hunt, using ancient Shaman techniques.
Nothing will prepare then for what they discover.