This classic adventure is set in war-torn Europe, and is the sequel to The Thirty-Nine Steps. It shows John Buchan's mastery of the thriller and also his immense knowledge of world politics.
"Not the 39 Steps"
It is the Roman holiday of Saturnalia. The days are short, the nights are for wild parties. A general has captured a famous enemy of Rome, and brings her home to adorn his Triumph as a ritual sacrifice. But the logistics go wrong.