I am just about done with the manuscript of my latest novel, The Governor’s Daughter. I am excited about this novel because it is set in Syria and ancient Arabia (Bostra, about 70 miles south of Damascus). Another part of it is set in the land of the ancient Liburnians (roughly modern Croatia) on the eastern shore of the Adriatic.

The Governor’s daughter is Quinta, a vivacious, forward and lovely young Roman teenager, who falls in love with a handsome young Greek blacksmith’s son by the name of Beryllus. Beryllus is intelligent. He is talented, familiar with military training because his father was an officer in the Roman cohorts, and a former friend of the Governor of Arabia, Lucius Caecilius Nepos. Beryllus’ mother is a Christian, but his father is a pagan. Beryllus was taken to meetings as a child, but has drifted away from the faith.

The two young teenagers fall in love and run away from Bostra with a beautiful young slave Melitta, who is devoted to her mistress Quinta. She, however, secretly loves Beryllus without his knowing it.

The three runaways end up in Damascus at the wealthy estate of Beryllus’ deceased Uncle Sylvanus. They do not know that Sylvanus is deceased, and that the estate and villa are now owned by his Roman wife Spuria Arelia Cotta. She has a son Vibius, who immediately falls for Quinta when he first sees her. He and Beryllus are soon briefly at odds over the pretty Roman girl.

Quinta and Beryllus (along with Melitta) are welcomed by the Lady Spuria. Spuria treats Quinta like a daughter. Things are quite nice until the terrible news that Quinta’s father, the Governor of Arabia, and his wife, have been arrested, and are taken to Rome by order of the Emperor.

Spuria and Quinta make a rather risky voyage to Rome to try to help Quinta’s parents. Enroute, they encounter a storm and nearly lose their lives at sea. They are rescued by a Roman nobleman, a daring sea captain, by the name of Titus Marius Taurus. He is the son of a well known deceased Roman senator, who now lives in a large villa on what is the shore of modern Croatia off the Adriatic Sea. Spuria, who thought she would never love again, is courted by the dashing Roman sea captain Taurus. Quintus does not like him. Taurus takes them to his villa on the Adriatic coast of Liburnia.

Beryllus¬† is told that Quinta has perished at sea. He despairs of her return. He thinks momentarily that he is in love with Tiberia, the daughter of the Roman Procurator of Damascus. The Procurator’s haughty wife is opposed to Beryllus.

The Roman Governor, Lucius Caecillius Nepos, is finally restored to his governorship in Bostra. He is very angry with Beryllus, and saddened by the report of his daughter’s death at sea.