AD262 - the eastern Roman Empire is in turmoil. Ephesus, Asia's metropolis, has been shattered by a mighty earthquake. Sailing from the north are the barbaric Goth tribes, intent on pillaging the ruined city. The Goths' hunger for brutality and appetite for destruction are unequalled, and this is an opportunity to revenge themselves on helpless citizens of the Empire. Only Ballista, Warrior of Rome, stands between them and their prize. He knows the ways of the northern barbarians, their secrets and weaknesses. But the Goths also know Ballista - and they have sworn to destroy him.