For the last one hundred years, the seven city-states of the region of Latium have co-existed together peacefully, creating a shining example of diplomacy. However, beneath that glistening exterior lies what remains of the region's volatile past-where stories are still whispered of a legendary mark of Cassius said to be worn by a bringer of great change. It is both feared and desired by all who have political ambition. This is the story of Junia, a woman thrust into a world of intrigue, greed, fate, and murder, and must survive even as all of Latium is crumbling around her. For she is the new bearer of the mark of Cassius, and change is inevitable.