Five centuries after Rameses, the temples of northern Egypt lie deserted, the gods forgotten. Injustice and corruption reign and the empire seems to be doomed to ruin. Only one man, a Nubian, ruling his kingdom from the South, rejects this destiny. Piankhy has only one desire: that the gods should once again dwell in a united Egypt. But in order for this dream to come true, this man of peace must confront the Libyan Tefnakt, the ambitious and authoritarian prince of the North who is determined to force the country to submit to his will.