Yonah witnessed the death of his father and brother during the 3 month period that they had to leave within and vowed to his father that he would always remain a Jew. Yonah changed his name and frequently changed jobs. When he felt that he was in danger of being exposed, he left the job. He worked as a farm worker, seaman, shepherd, armorer and finally apprenticed as a physician.
You really get an idea of what life was like during this time period. The author well-researched the history and it shows. I felt sorry for this character who had to keep running away from potential trouble. It reduced his life to basic terror. While I know that many people lived this way at the time, it is hard to come to grips with it as a modern person.
I did not know much about the Inquisition before reading this novel and my curiosity has been peeked. I would love to read more about this era both in historical fiction and non-fiction.