Amazing story. Although the main character is Hadassah, a young Christian woman whose life is spared for reasons unknown to anyone, even the man who had set out to kill her, there are several very strong characters in this historical fiction novel. She is sold to a wealthy shipping family, and becomes the personal slave to a selfish girl only interested in money and the gladiator fights. Her brother, Marcus, is only interested in money, power, and women, and how to use them all. Atretes is the German soldier captured in battle, turned gladiator, who must battle to earn his freedom. Hadassah touches each in her gentle, Godly ways, even though she is frightened for her life to admit to being a Christian. This is the first book in the Mark of the Lion series.