Present day: Biblical scholars, Valentina Vella and Erika Simone, are searching the Secret Vatican library for evidence that will uphold Church doctrine: women cannot be priests. But a clue appears hinting that a woman may have led the Roman church in its earliest time.
Did the Church lie about women never having had leadership positions? The scholars want to know, and the answer may lie with this woman. Who was she? Whatever happened to her? And more, what will be the cost to Valentina and Erika if they attempt to find out?
Rome, 1st century: Spoiled and spirited Julia Lucini marries the handsome Marcus Achilles, a politician on the rise. She anticipates a life of ease in the upper echelons of Roman society, but Marcus has a bent for cruelty, and Julia wants out. Her quest for freedom puts her at the hub of a murder and propels her into a future she never could have imagined.
Interweaving the narratives of the first- and twenty-first century worlds of political and religious intrigue, the core mystery draws across time to an unexpected and rewarding finish.
John I. Rigoli is a researcher of biblical archeology and first century religious history. He managed in Fortune 500 companies. John lives in San Francisco, California.
Diane Cummings is a book editor and ghostwriter. She is a former television news director and an award-winning broadcast news reporter in Los Angeles. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.