Marcia was already a mile out when the thought of a weapon—or lack thereof, crossed her mind.

Ancient Rome. Year 496 BC.


Chapters

Prologue

The Ides of May

IIIIIIIVVVI

Mercuralia

VII – VIII – IX – X – XI – XII – XIII


Synopsis

Marcia’s father—a mercenary from the north of Italy, is killed at the battle of Lake Regillus.

Due to a last minute oath between her slain father and the man who killed him, a young shield-maker named Marcus, she marries the killer and moves with him to Rome.

She loses her voice in the process, as she believes it to be a curse placed upon her during childhood. Disowned by her own mother, she has to live with her new family in total silence.

She learns, however, that other voices within her are far more powerful than the one she lost, and in her quest to gain peace in the turmoil of her times, she discovers God’s promise of a Savior to come.

Helped by a faithful slave, one of her sisters and her transformed husband, she finds her calling. Help the voiceless—the poor, of Rome.

In times of intricacies between patricians and plebians, unscrupulous money-lenders and malicious priest-warriors, and while Rome is constantly attacked by rebels and the fearsome Volsci, she finds love and she thrives.

Her curse returns and she is forced to choose between the God she now firmly believes in and that which is most precious to her:

Her firstborn son.


Map

Central Italy, around the year 500 BC.