Sand of the Arena is a “prince and the pauper” story that plays out in the arenas of ancient Rome. A rich Roman, Quintus Romanus, has his identity stolen by a conniving slave, Lucius Calidius, after a disaster at sea. The epic adventure that follows sends Quintus across the Roman Empire in search of a new life and a new family. He finds both in the gladiatorial schools and arenas of Britannia, Rome, and Pompeii. His rise to primus palus status “the best of the best among gladiators” is paralleled by the rise of his archrival, Lucius, in Imperial politics. As both reach the top of their game, they clash once again in a final battle that settles all scores. Set against the turbulent and erotic setting of Nero's Empire, Sand of the Arena is an action-packed tale of graphic arena battles, family devotion, friendship, and vengeance.