"In 48 B.C., the epic struggle between the Roman generals Caesar and Pompey is about to reach its climax. As Pompey plots a desperate last stand in Egypt with Caesar in hot pursuit, Gordianus the Finder also arrives in the fabled land of the Pharaohs. Bringing his ailing wife, Bethesda, to seek a cure in the sacred waters of the Nile, Gordianus suddenly finds himself at the heart of a series of history-altering events. Like Rome, Egypt is ravaged by civil war. The royal siblings Ptolemy and Cleopatra feverishly plot against each other in the palace at Alexandria. Caesar's judgment will decide the fate of Egypt--and also the fate of Meto, Goridanus's son, who stands accused of murder. Amid treachery and deceit on a colossal scale, Gordianus must find a way to uncover the carefully obscured truth and save his son's life."--P.  of cover.