The Homeric “long-haired Achaeans” were part of the Mycenaean culture of Greece (1600 BC – 1100 BC). They were a Bronze Age people who were quite removed in time and culture from the Classical period (5th – 4th centuries BC). In this novel a young Achaean prince is captured in a raid. His younger brother Orfeo, and a group of warriors, are sent on a mission to look for him. Telemon, a legendary warrior, and Zurga, an elderly member of a group called the Wanderers, are soon joined by Clarice, a girl who is a master of disguise. To their dismay they find that the kidnapped prince has been made a galley slave and that the maritime power of Thera plans to conquer the entire Mediterranean. Can they avert disaster?