The best of the lot, this begins with Luke as a young intern in Antioch practicing on gladiators and victims wounded in the arena. In this manner he comes across Horsa, a young Briton, and a Christian thrown to the lions for his faith. Though their acquaintance is not renewed for some time, Horsa's faith begins to have its effect on Luke and to give Festus, his fellow worker and future brother-in-law, a greater power in the family. For the calculating Festus poisons Luke's father against him and, with this added stimulus, Luke leaves his family together and joins both Barnabas and Paul, eventually to set up a practice in Rome. Biblical detail is good and gives something of a feeling for Luke's recreation of Jesus' life and aside from this the book is a very readable story too. The threads of romance are tied when Daphne, Luke's sister, abandons Festus for Horsa.