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A frightened child approaches Roman informer Marcus Didius Falco, pleading for help. Nobody believes Gaia's story that a relation wants to kill her - and neither does he. Beset by his own family troubles, by his new responsibilities as Procurator of the Sacred Poultry, and by the continuing search for a new partner, he turns her away. Immediately he regrets it. Gaia has been selected as the new Vestal Virgin, and when she disappears Falco is officially asked to investigate - closely watched by Titus Caesar, whose new ladylove Berenice is under suspicion from scandalmongers, and by his two ex-partners Petronius and Anacrites, who both have personal reasons to hope he will slip up.
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