Falsely accused of a theft he did not commit, Timon suffers the full count of the slave master’s whip. As his wounds heal he designs an escape plan. Anchored in the harbor is the Aries, a grain ship that sails for Rome on the morning tide. Stealthily, he boards the Aries to become a runaway slave and a stowaway with a price on his head. As the young slave begins his escape he finds himself in even greater danger. Though he does not know it, he carries with him two priceless objects that may cost him his life.
The Aries is an ill-fated ship. Among its passengers is a contingent of prisoners including the apostle Paul and the physician, Luke. Lurking in the shadows is Cassius, the devious slave master determined to capture and kill Timon. As winter storms descend on the Aries, Paul offers a dire prophecy.
The beleaguered ship is wrecked marooning both sailors and passengers on the Isle of Malta. What adventures lie ahead for Timon? How can he reconcile his new found faith with his status as a runaway slave, the receiver of stolen treasure, and his desire to destroy Cassius, his enemy?