Andreas has been alone a long time, toiling on a remote farmstead for a Spartan overlord. When a warrior enters his world, Andreas fears for his life. The warrior is one of the dread kryptes, a Spartan who stalks and kills helots—like Andreas' father—as part of his training.
To save himself, Andreas must tame the fearsome warrior.
Andreas is torn as what began as self-preservation turns into attraction. He yearns for the company of someone other than his ferret Ictis. But can he have that without risking the fate that claimed his father?
Born to rule, Theron sees the world as his and acts accordingly, taking everything Andreas offers and reaching for more.
Can a state-owned slave and a Spartan warrior find common ground? And if they do can even the gods save them from the terrible price Sparta extracts from men who desire their own sex?