A teenage servant boy falls in with an astronomer scribe attached to the Court of Phraates the Fourth, King of the mighty Parthian Empire. The Chaldean scribe and his two best friends, an astrologer sage and a Hebrew scholar, puzzle over some unprecedented and possibly alarming signs in the heavens, including an unusual celestial object that is taking weeks to traverse the sky. There are ancient prophesies of a new king and a new order.
This account takes the reader into the rich colour and life of a society highly advanced in international trade, astronomy, mathematics and agriculture. It speaks of a time when empires were rising and falling, when life was dangerous and cheap, when the victors in war won incredible wealth, status and power. In all matters primordial gods and demons were busy behind the scenes, wreaking vengeance or bestowing gifts on a whim. Truth or fiction? Check out the references at the back of the book and decide for yourself!