(From the publisher):
In the midst of Rome's Civil War, a young commander named Marcus Caelius Rufus takes control of a small country town. There he waits, trying to determine which side will win. He does not know any longer where his loyalties lie, or what he wants to do, but has come to the place where he must choose. To do this, he writes: like a good Roman soldier, he makes a report, though who will read it and what they will think of it he cannot guess.
Slowly he begins to uncover his past—his boyhood in the country, the slave who raised him, his education, his apprenticeship to the great orator Marcus Tullius Cicero. He relives the wild days of his youth in Rome, thinking of the fast and expensive life he lived there, his encounters with women, his debts, his upperclass friends and his fateful meeting with the man who came to dominate his life: Gaius Julius Caesar.
From that moment his life is changed. Through the growing tensions of Roman political life, the complex maneuvering, the dirty deals and the escalating violence, to the crucial juncture when Caesar makes his move to conquer, Caelius is there, absorbed, partisan, fascinated. Even at war, in Spain, he follows his charismatic hero until at last he discovers the truth about Rome, about Caesar, and about himself.
Original title: The Door in the Wall
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ Ancient World (Greece, Rome, etc)→ Rome