This novel of the time of Christ revolves about the fortunes of three Roman citizens in Palestine. The paths of all three of them cross that of Jesus in one way or another, and, in a sense, the Master is the central figure of the story. While the accounts given of the life and teachings of Jesus are reverent and follow the New Testament version accurately, there is no new insight into the meaning and significance of the life of Christ. The author is at his best in describing the life of the Roman occupying forces. The description of Salome's dance for the head of John the Baptist is the most vivid bit of writing in the book. The story, however, holds the interest and would appeal to many Christian readers, both Catholic and Protestant.