Clashing empires, ruthless rulers, intrepid merchants and a beleaguered city: hanging on to its heritage, protected only by its imposing walls.
It is a time when it's essential to find the mysterious relic, concealed generations ago, which is rumoured will save Byzantium.
It is an age when only a hero of exceptional gifts can make a difference.
Luke Magoris is that hero. But as he travels from battle to captivity, from horse dealing to tarding fortune, he does his utmost to avoid that relentless destiny.