Spirited, young scribe Flavia hopes for freedom. She and her fellow slaves in Aquae Sulis (modern Bath) have served the Lady Valeria for many years, but their mistress’ death brings a threat to Flavia’s dream: her new master Marcus Brucetus, a charismatic, widowed officer toughened in the forests of Germania.
Flavia finds him overwhelmingly attractive, but what will he do if he discovers she's forged her late mistress' signature on a note releasing all the slaves from servitude upon her death? And how can she escape the attentions of her former mistress' enemy; a brutal patrician bent on seizing her to serve his own twisted appetites?
Marcus Brucetus is still haunted by the deaths of his wife Drusilla and his child. He's attracted to Flavia, but he respects her, too. He knows she wants her freedom, but how can he protect her if he lets her go? He can't lose another woman he loves.
As a plot tightens around both of them and the wild midwinter festival of Saturnalia approaches, many lives will be changed forever.