You have been given a chance to catch a glimpse of the family conference held annually by the Ushiromiya family.
The remaining life in the old family head who has built up a vast fortune is very slim.
To his children, the greatest point of contention at this family conference is the distribution of his inheritance.
Everyone desires all that money, no one relents, and no one believes.
Who will gain the old head's vast inheritance?
Where is the 10 tons of gold that the old head is said to have hidden?
Can the unnerving riddle of the epitaph which is said to point to the location of that gold be solved?
In the midst of this, a suspicious letter is sent from one claiming to be a witch.
The presence of a 19th person on this island, which should only have 18, begins to hang in the air.
Brutal murders repeat, and unsolvable riddles are left at the scene.
How many will die? How many will live? Or will everyone die?
Is the culprit one of the 18, or not?
Is the culprit a "human", or a "witch"?
The genre of this work is probably a serial murder mystery.
However, that does not guarantee that reasoning and guesswork are possible.
Those who enjoy stupid puzzles that are made to be solved can leave now.
Umineko no Naku Koro ni is the worst kind of tale, created without any intention of letting all of you solve it.
However, to all of the worst kinds of people, who hear that and just want to challenge it more, welcome.
I am myself sending out this tale to make these worst kinds of people surrender.
No matter what kinds of strange events occur, all of you will try to explain it with humans and tricks, and deny all mysteries, as the worst kind of human supremacists.
Please, try to explain each one of the many baffling cases with humans and tricks as best you can.
I want to see how far I can penetrate everyone's human supremacy.
The culprit is a witch. All alibis and tricks are magic.
This is not a mystery, but fantasy!
I want to see you surrender and say that while crying bitter tears.
I do not expect a line of reasoning leading to the truth to appear.
I want to find out just how many people can deny the witch until the very end and maintain a 'human culprit theory'.
This is a sound novel without choices, where you search for the truth yourself.
Is guesswork possible, or impossible?
Will you surrender to the witch, or stand up and face her?
This is eternal torture that will not end until you can believe in witches.
How you enjoy it is up to you.
The Epitaph on the portrait
My beloved hometown, the sweetfish river running through it.
You who seek the Golden Land, follow its path downstream and seek the key.
If you follow the river downstream, you will find a village.
In the village, look for the shore the two will tell you of.
There sleeps the key to the Golden Land.
He who lays hand upon the key shall travel under the rules below.
At the first twilight, you shall lift up as sacrifice the six chosen by the key.
At the second twilight, those who remain shall tear apart the two who are close.
At the third twilight, those who remain shall praise my honorable name on high.
At the fourth twilight, gouge the head and kill.
At the fifth twilight, gouge the chest and kill.
At the sixth twilight, gouge the stomach and kill.
At the seventh twilight, gouge the knee and kill.
At the eighth twilight, gouge the leg and kill.
At the ninth twilight, the witch shall be revived and none shall be left alive.
At the tenth twilight, the journey shall end and you should reach the village of gold.
The witch will praise the wise, and should bestow four treasures.
One shall be, all the gold from the Golden Land.
One shall be, the resurrection of the souls of all the dead.
One shall be, even the resurrection of the lost love.
One shall be, to put the witch to sleep for all time.
Sleep peacefully, my most beloved witch, Beatrice.