The Slave Who Became a Soldier.
Set in an era of brutal conflict and turmoil, this epic adventure tells the full story of the slave who became a saint, and the man who rose to the challenge of his time and changed the course of history.
In the summer of 405 AD, Irish raiders attacked the western coast of Wales. Among the survivors who are rounded up and taken back to Ireland is Succat: the impulsive 16-year-old son of a powerful Roman family. Succat is sold as a slave and put to work tending sheep where he comes to the attention of Cormac, a young novice Druid. The two strike up an unlikely friendship and, as Succat learns the ways of the Irish people, he is given a new name by the Druid: Patrick.
With a new name Patrick begins his new life: he is married, and with his wife he decides to return to his home to claim his inheritance, only to find his father's estate in ruins. So begins a calamitous journey that will lead him to Tours; see him join the Roman Legion as a soldier; suffer the horrors of a plague-filled Rome; and thence back to Ireland, where he will embark on a mission for which his name will be remembered throughout history.