The former legate Marcus Antonius Primus is forced to flee after his plot to murder Emperor Vespasian is discovered. But the Emperor’s soldiers are in pursuit and the gods are not in his favor. He is tracked to Burdigala, burned alive and left for dead on the banks of the Garonne River … or so they think.
In 70 AD, Vespasian has pacified Rome. Peace reigns again over the capital of the world. But the Tribune Apex is living in a completely different world. He is in charge of the Emperor’s protection.
Waves of assassins wash up in Rome that will lead him all the way to Massilia, that famous port on the shores of Mediterranean Gaul.
In 69 AD, the Empire had four Caesars. This is the moment when Gnaeus Pontus chooses to flee from the legion, and hide in Italy the fortune he has stolen from the army. But, in Rome, this is not easy. Especially when the Emperor needs a bloodhound to investigate riddle of a murdered slave in his own apartments.