Palestine in the first century A.D. is as unsettled and divided as it is today. The Jews have revolted against Roman occupation and as they grow more restive Rome clamps down harder. Apollodorus, a Philadelphia merchant, takes a risk and rescues a man whom a Roman patrol has left to die in the desert. When Apollodorus is killed by robbers his three sons are left almost penniless. Philo, the youngest, is befriended by Xenos, the man saved from the desert, the man who has lost his memory. From him the boy learns the art of the scribe and together they try to find their identity–one from the past and the other for for the future. Sequel to THE IDES OF APRIL. Ages 14+ Bethlehem Books. Paper.