An historical novel which delineates the growth of Christianity in a pagan woman's soul, this book tells the story of two disciples of Paul of Tsrsus, their spiritual awakening, their life with Paul, and their deaths with Paul, Peter and many others as martyrs in Rome. Miss Petitolerc fattens history with her own imaginative insights as she tells the story of Prisca, a wealthy Roman woman who has plotted against the Caesars and flees Rome. She takes shelter in Corinth with a Jewish philosopher, owner of a tent-factory, where Paul makes some of his early converts. Many aspects of Paul's life of which written history is uncertain or ignorant are filled in to affirm the compelling qualities of this Apostle. We follow him to Ephesus, and years later to Rome, which Prisca hopes will be freed from tyranny with a spiritual might that could succeed where political plots have failed. Paul meets Nero, but his effect on him is fleeting; and as Rome is engulfed in another purge we have a glimpse of the catacombs containing not only the martyred dead but the strong roots of a new faith.... Natural dialogue is hard to produce in novels set in ancient times; Miss Petitclerc struggles to develop skill, but what results, surprisingly, is not an impressive ability so much an almost evangelistic fervor not to be undervalued. The market has been a responsive one.