It is 545 AD and Olivia Clemens must flee Rome. The armies of Emperor Justinian led by the noble General Belisarius are fighting the Osrogoths. Olivia places herself under the General's protection and travels to Konstantinoupolis for safety.
But there is no safety to be had for as a Roman and an unmarried woman, she is suspect. The Emperor is jealous of the popularity and honour of Belisarius. Plots, jealously and conspiracy are everywhere.
Olivia is careful to avoid suspicion, but not careful enough. This is a delightful and very good historical horror novel. It is a scary look at the nest of pit vipers that was the Byzantine Empire.