Enter the strange but familiar superstitious Roman world of the first century A.D. where Gaius Petronicus, a small landowner, wins a fourteen year old slave girl Justa, who is dressed as a boy to increase her value, in an arena bet from a local corrupt aristocrat Calitorius Temidis. When Temidis reneges on the bet, Gaius violently forces him to pay. Gaius then returns home to find his house burned, his wife dead and his daughter kidnapped by Temidis’s henchmen. With Justa, a Christian convert in tow, Gaius sets off on a quest to find his daughter and exact revenge on the murderers. Gaius is joined by a motley crew of characters he picks up along the way. He buys a ship named The Golden Cockerel, and the group sails across the stormy western Mediterranean. Gods are implored, vows are made and broken, and revenge is eventually served. The Golden Cockerel is a sword-swinging, apocalyptic, and romantic adventure with a touch of the supernatural, involving witches, omens, ancient gods, and the new God coming over the horizon. (jasbro)
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