The spring of A.D. 98 is a time of optimism in the province of Britannia and business is brisk at the inn run by Aurelia Marcella. Then a wagon arrives bearing a farmer with a grievous sword wound and Aurelia's twin brother, Lucius, who is a government investigator, is sent for.
When the farmer dies, the twins head for the coast to return the man to his family and to check out a nearby shipwreck. Gallic sea-raiders are suspected of stealing the wreck's valuable official cargo and of killing the farmer.
As long-buried grudges between the natives and the Roman colonists are revived, feuding escalates to outright terrorism. A subtle, personal agenda seems to be at work as well - one or more parties may have hired the Gauls to orchestrate the violence.
©2008 Jane Finnis; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.