The shadow of the Dark
Ages lies over the western Roman Empire
in A.D. 455, when
Marcella Adriana, Roman aristocrat, is
swept up in the disasters leading to the
fall of the Eternal City. Two emperors
are murdered, the city is sacked by the
Vandal "King of Terrors," and
Adriana's husband is kidnapped by the
invaders and carried off to their
stronghold at Carthage.
In a bold attempt to
rescue him, Adriana escapes the ruined
city and flees down the Italian
peninsula, stalked by the agents of her
enemy Faustinus. She must reach the
palace of the Vandal king ahead of her
pursuers if she is to finish her mission—and save her life.
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