No one was stirring; there was no smoke coming from the chimney above the kitchen. He slipped out and sidled along the wall until he came to a gate. It opened into a vegetable garden. In the barnyard back of the garden, chickens and geese were already about. They moved aside as the silent gray-clad figure crept through the yard. Through another gate Madoc went - a gate that led to open country. The villa was built against a gently slope. Behind it, as far as Madoc could see, rose other hills. They were dotted with small trees. He found a path, beaten hard by the hoofs of sheep and goats, and he raced away.
Captured by Romans in the forests of Gaul, Madoc is sold as a slave to a Roman centurion stationed in Judea. Though he is not a hard master, Madoc is determined to escape and find his mother. However, the story takes a turn when Madoc and his master meet followers of Jesus and hear about the new way of living he taught.
This story is not only engaging and packed with great messages, but it also teaches about the historical time period and the growing influence of the early Christian faith.