During the sixth century of the Byzantium Empire, corruption is rife. The country is in turmoil and Flavius Belisarius expects to join his father's cohort to help protect the border of the Eastern Empire. Flavius's father Decimus is the Governor of Dorostorum city, and has two goals: to keep out the Sklaveni barbarians and to expose the deep roots of secular corruption. Seeking to prevent a Sklaveni raid, Decimus asks the powerful magnate, Senuthius Vicinus, for help. But treachery leads to the death of Flavius's family. Swearing vengeance on the man that betrayed his father, he begins a journey from which there is no way back.