It is 609 AD and Rome is torn apart by war, plague, and internal power struggles between the emperor, the aristocracy, and the church. Into this morass stumbles the young and handsome Briton, Aelric. His father was murdered, his inheritance was stolen, and he was forcibly separated from the woman he loves�now he is determined to win back all that he has lost. By Richard Blake. Independent Publishers. 356 pages.