Getorius Asterius, his wife Arcadia, the eunuch archpriest of a pagan fertility
cult, the female head of a heretical Arian church, and an ambitious senator in
league with a Chinese merchant: these are the prime movers in this mystery set
in Ravenna, Italy, in AD 440.
Getorius is summoned to examine the castrated body of a youth found by Thecla
in her Arian church, who is the sobbing “Vestal Virgin” nearby? Is there any
connection between this crime and the fact that a senator is smuggling counterfeit
Western coins to the Eastern Empire, and contraband Chinese products back to
Ravenna? A coded message leads to a secret tunnel and the sinister temple of
Cybele, whose devotees are self-mutilated eunuchs. In a stunning climax, the
conspirators try to escape Ravenna, planning to sell their products in Egypt,
but failing to recognize the deadly nature of what they are carrying. Download and start listening now!