December 40 B.C.
They came from Memphis, Thebes, and Heliopolis to see the Savior born.
“Come, Selene, play your kithara for me today,” the emperor said. “It will cheer you up, and I know you want to please me. That much was true. The night I’d forsaken Euphronius, I made pleasing the emperor my only choice.
To Isis worshippers, Princess Selene and her twin brother Helios embody the divine celestial pair who will bring about a Golden Age. But when Selene’s parents are vanquished by Rome, her auspicious birth becomes a curse. Trapped in an empire that reviles her heritage and suspects her faith, the young messianic princess struggles for survival in a Roman court of intrigue. She can’t hide the hieroglyphics that carve themselves into her hands, nor can she stop the emperor from using her powers for his own ends. But faced with a new and ruthless Caesar who is obsessed with having a Cleopatra of his very own, Selene is determined to resurrect her mother’s dreams. Can she succeed where her mother failed? And what will it cost her in a political game where the only rule is win-or die?