Rome. 68 BC. Julius Caesar has proved himself a brilliant general. But when he returns to Rome he lays down arms only to take up another battle - this time for political power. This is a war waged with words, plots, schemes, metaphorical assassinations - but also with seduction and guile. Love is just another weapon in Caesar's political arsenal, for the key to political glory lies with Rome's noblewomen - powerful, vindictive Servilia, whose son Brutus deeply resents his mother's passionate, destructive relationship with Caesar, Rome's revered Vestal Virgins, and even Caesar's own daughter, sacrificed on the altar of his ambition.