Placidia seems destined to live in the shadow of her brother, the Emperor, until the night the Visigoths launch a vicious attack on Rome and she is taken hostage. Forced to march with the enemy on a perilous journey through Italy and the far reaches of the Roman Empire, she relies on her wits and determination to survive. Facing imprisonment, violence, and the treacherous quicksands of Roman politics, Placidia proves to be a skillful diplomat and leader, building alliances with popes, kings and generals.
This exciting, heart-stirring story celebrates a woman’s unbreakable will and rise to power in the face of adversity and unspeakable loss.