It is a daring plan. Virtually landlocked Ostrogoths build a fleet in the Black Sea and sail through the Bosphorus Straits into the Mediterranean Sea. They seize Rome's critical islands of Rhodes, Crete, and Cyprus. Without the grain and foodstuffs on the ships from Egypt and the fertile eastern provinces, Rome will starve.
A privileged Roman family on Cyprus is torn apart in the holocaust on Cyprus. To survive, each of them must dig deep within and find the cunning and strength to adapt to their new circumstances that constantly challenges and surprises them.