Sophia McDougall (born 1979) is a British novelist, playwright, and poet, who studied at Oxford University in England.
Imagine the Roman Empire is still flourishing today...
In 2756 AC (2004 AD in Christian terms), magnetic railways span Roman territory from Persia to Terranova and mechanised crucifixes are ranked along the banks of the Thames. The heir apparent to the imperial throne, Marcus Novius Faustus is mourning the death of his parents following a tragic accident. As information about the last days of his father's life becomes known to him, Marcus realises that his father's death was no accident and that his own life is in danger.
Meanwhile an escaped slave girl called Una, who possesses the power to look inside other people's minds, struggles to save her brother Sulien from a London prison ship.