It's AD 37. In this story of secrecy and betrayal, which reviewers are calling "a complete page turner", "beautifully written", and "a great read", Caligula Caesar has just become Rome's new master. Senator Titus Carinna, who helped him succeed to the throne, knows the inexperienced young ruler needs a companion he can trust. It's a shame the Senator's older son - Caligula's closest friend - committed suicide after being charged with treason. But that still leaves Marcus, his second son.
Headstrong and hot-tempered, Marcus would rather prove his courage by leading legions against Rome's enemies. Yet when his father calls him home from the frontier, he has no choice but to befriend Caligula -- the man he blames for not saving his brother.
Caught in a web of deceit and treachery reaching from Palatine mansions to the city's grimy, teeming streets, he will uncover a dark secret that threatens his family, the fearless barbarian girl he desires, even his life...and may bring chaos to the young Roman Empire.