From the Publisher
When the deputy commander of Rome''s Imperial Security Service is
assassinated on the island of Rhodes, Cassius Corbulo swiftly finds
himself embroiled in the investigation. Assisted once more by
ex-gladiator bodyguard Indavara and servant Simo, his search for
the truth is complicated by the involvement of the dead man''s
headstrong daughter, Annia.
Braving hostile seas, Cassius and his allies follow the assassin''s
trail south aboard a ship captained by a roguish Carthaginian
smuggler and manned by his disparate, dangerous crew. Their journey
leads them to the farthest reaches of the empire; to a ruined city
where the rules of Roman civilization have long been abandoned, and
a deadly battle of wits with a brutal, relentless foe.