Evil hangs over Philo’s family like a thick, dark cloud. His sister, Illyrica, is possessed by a power far greater than anything he knows. There seems to be no freedom from her curse and his mother is desperate to do anything to help her, even sell their boat to pay a magician to cure her. But rumours have come to the town about a prophet with amazing healing powers. Who is he and can he help? Philo, a fisherman's son lives in Phoenicia in the first century. Evil hangs over the family and it seems to come from his sister. Rumours reach Sidon of a prophet with amazing healing powers, but even the mention of his name has a disastrous effect. Philo runs away from home and wherever he goes he hears more news of this strange prophet. Who is he? What is he doing? What is the source of his power? The stories of Patricia St John are timeless classics and have been entertaining and challenging children and young people for generations. This new edition of The Victor is as fresh as when it was first published in 1983.