The daughter of Paulus and Alysia is grown now, and ready for a life of her own. But Rachel is unable to rise above her past, and something that happened in Rome ten years ago. Metellus, former tribune in the Praetorian Guard, has been commissioned by the emperor, Claudius, to bring Rachel from Jerusalem to Rome. It is a journey that will affect both their lives . . . in ways they could never have imagined.