The price of Flavia's freedom may be her death.
A slave in Roman-controlled Aquae Sulis (modern Bath), Flavia knows her tender-hearted mistress meant to free her and her other slaves, but when she passes away suddenly, the chance for freedom looks like it's slipping away.
Flavia takes matters into her own hands. As a scribe, it's easy for her to forge a note in her mistress' hand.
But when a new master arrives, Marcus Brucetus, a charismatic, widowed officer toughened in the forests of Germania, Flavia is afraid she's gone too far. If her deception is found out, all the slaves may die.
When Marcus Brucetus takes over the villa, the last thing he expects is to fall in love with a slave. Still mourning his wife and daughter, he has too much respect for himself and for Flavia to force himself on her. He must free the scribe, as her deceased owner wished, but as the wild mid-winter festival of Saturnalia approaches, and a new danger lurks, he finds it increasingly hard to let her go.
If he does, will she freely choose to stay with him? Or will she be stolen away from him before she can even make the choice?
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