The tale is told by Claudia, the wife of Pilate, who has visions of the future. Drawn by the goddess, Isis, she becomes an initiate and follower. She travels with her family because her father is a good friend of Germanicus, her uncle and a famous general. Men have no interest for Claudia until she is drawn to Pilate and marries him. At this point Germanicus becomes ill and is the first of the family to die. She loses her parents, two brothers, her sister and her aunt at the whim of Tiberius. Knowing that her husband has other women, she has just her daughter to comfort her. She has encounters Holtan, a famous gladiator, whom she met as a child, when she "saw" he would win in the arena. Drawn to him, she realizes that she loves him. Claudia has an affair with Holtan which is discovered by Tiberius' wife, Livia, who arranges to have Pilate and Claudia sent to Judea. She begins having visions about crosses, death and a face she has seen before - Jesus, of course. Then her lover dies of the plague. This is a pleasant if predictable read because we know the story so well.