After a thousand years of power and dominance, Minoan Crete is threatened by the new emerging powers of Mycene and Greece.  this story is told through the lives of the main characters: Andreas, wealthy merchant and Minister in King Minos Council; Dr. Ahmed, his Egyptian friend and personal physician; Belia, the beautiful, famous Bull Dancer who Andreas loves; and the legendary Priest-King Minos, his sister Ariadne and her lover Theseus of Athens. Andreas receives a report from his agent Tarsis of a large invasion  fleet being built to attack Crete before the ports close for winter. He tries to alert the King and the Council to the dangers ,but his warnings go unheeded. And when young children start disappearing from the streets, he follows a dark thread of suspicion and mistrust through the pleasure-driven luxury of a sophisticated society.