The youngster was determined to present a calm demeanour when within he was seething with a desire for bloody revenge ...Sixth century Byzantium. Corruption is rife and the empire is in turmoil when Flavius Belisarius is expected to join his father's cohort to help protect the border of the Eastern Empire. Flavius's father Decimus is the Governor of Dorostorum city, and has two goals: to keep out the Sklaveni barbarians across the Danube and to expose the deep roots of corruption. Seeking to prevent a barbarian raid, Decimus asks the powerful Senuthius Vicinus for help. But treachery leads to death in the Belisarius family and Decimus's reputation is damaged. With his life changed forever, Flavius swears vengeance on the man that betrayed his father and begins a journey from which there is no way back.