This is the story of Marcus, a young Roman legionnaire and of his friend Septimus, who, in 212 AD, fall prey to corruption and are sentenced to the galleys. What follows is their escape and flight (a virtual travelogue of the ancient world), trying to find a safe haven on the edges of the Empire. In far off Panonnia, the two friends find life and love among horse nomads drifting in from the east, and experience many trials on the volatile borderland threatened by barbarian incursions.
It is well known that base metal can't be turned into gold, but a life can be turned around. This is what happens to Rufus Nye, born into poverty in Medieval England during the first years of Norman rule, improving himself by learning to do more and better. He is bedazzled by Agatha, the daughter of Stonehaven Manor, out of his reach. Yet his…
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