Europe, the year 1620: The well-known astronomer and mathematician Johannes Kepler, who teaches as a professor in Linz, receives the message that his mother is prosecuted as a witch in Württemberg. The truth behind the allegations is rather simple: His mother has been denunciated by a former friend after an argument with the authorities. Kepler tries desperately to convince the prosecutors of the absurdity of their allegations with rational arguments. But it is the time of the Thirty Years′ War, and the witch hunters utilize the loss of the Protestants in the battle of Prague to further fuel the mob′s temper. Finally, Kepler manages to save his mother from burning at the stake with the help of an old university friend who in the meantime joined the order of the Jesuits.
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