The year is 476 AD - the Roman Empire is disintegrating and Germanic tribes are moving south to stake a claim in Roman Gallia. Among them are the Franks under their ruthless young Overlord, Clovis. He plans to build a new empire that will eclipse Rome's fading power, but his hope is jeopardized by a Saxon uprising. One young man is sent to find out where the Saxons will strike. Born the son of a Saxon warlord and a Roman slave mother, Ascha is a half-slave. When the Overlord offers to make him a free man if he will spy on his own people Ascha must summon all his resources and his courage to discover where his true loyalties lie. In a journey riven by hope, betrayal and brutal war, Ascha is caught in a clash that will decide the future of Gallia.