Three seemingly unrelated events collide to change the course of history: A Roman slave with a serpent tattoo uncovers his true barbarian identity... A battle for power among Frankish warlords leads to a mass exodus across the Rhine... All the while, Marcus Aurelius' Roman army pushes further north, changing everything.
In the background, the ageing witch Chlotsuintha predicts it all. Or is she the one pulling the strings to shape her people's future?
When Sextus escapes Rome with a pocketful of gold and a knife, how could he even have dreamt of what the fates might have in store for him?
Pursued by Roman soldiers for the murder of his master, Sextus enlists the...