Young Theras, born an Athenian with all the rights, privileges, and freedoms this entails, is taken to Sparta by his uncle when his father is lost at war. He is forced to live as a Spartan, a brutal life with no pity for those who are not perfect physically and totally obedient to Spartan control.
After several brutal incidents, he escapes with another boy and heads for Athens. After a hard and dangerous journey, and at the end of his strength, he encounters Herodotus who takes both boys to Athens, where Theras is united with his family and their property restored.
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