The noblewomen of Sabina have mysteriously disappeared! At the same time, Lupa, the last dire-wolf, and mother of Romulus and Remus, has returned to the Tiber Rivery Valley. Are the two connected or just coincidence? Meanwhile, Beowulf has earned a spot in the primus -- the final Arena fight during the Festival of Mars -- if he wins then he'll win freedom for him and his brother. Finally, their stalwart companion, Hama the pig, is in a fight of his own and will find help from the most curious of places.