3rd century AD. Burgeoning Christianity clashes with the beliefs in the Gods of old. Amid the tension, the Roman emperor Valerian, the most important man of the time, reigns with his son Gallienus.

In the light of his dramatic capture by Shapur, king of the Persians, an examination ensures upon the subjects of power and powerlessness in politics and religion. The Roman empire, threatened not only from inside, but also by the incursions of the Teutons, the Goths, the Alemanni, and the Persians, is heading towards its fall.

A play true to history, based upon the newest findings concerning the life and times of emperor Valerian. The work contains literal quotes from the works of Plotinus