1565: A small island in the middle of the Mediterranean stands gatekeeper between East and West. It is about to become the scene for one of the most amazing stories of bravery, battle and bloodlust: the siege of Malta.
There on the barren rock, the Knights of St John have made their home. Centuries ago, Ottoman might expelled them from the holy land. Now their old foe is near again. Countless thousands are coming to besiege this tiny island, with only a few hundred knights and local soldiers to stand in their way.
Far away on English shores, Nicholas Ingoldsby knows nothing of the ties that bind him to this sun-parched land. But as all of Europe looks on, a few men will answer the Knights’ call to arms. From the devout to the valiant, those seeking adventure or escape, Malta will be beyond all their imaginings.
On the small rock an epic struggle will be played out – the story of men, warriors and slaves, but also the story of two worlds colliding.