When the Trojan prince Paris abducted Helen of Sparta, she left behind a daughter, Hermione.
After the Trojan War, Hermione remains ambivalent toward Helen, and on edge as her world is once more turned upside-down.
Lily and Xander should never have met. She is the daughter of a peasant farmer living in the shadow of the ruined palace of Mycenae. He is the heir to the mighty city of Carchemish, part of the ancient Hittite empire. Together they share an enduring love as they struggle to survive in a world torn apart by warfare and bloodshed.
Set in Greece around 1200 b.c this book tells the story of Alkmaion, heir to the throne of Pylos. The Mycenean Empire is under threat from barbarian attackers but Alkmaion's elders are too complacent to believe it. The resulting attack sends him on a desperate quest to find allies who will help him to regain his kingdom.