Set in Galilee, 4 BCE, under the crushing weight of Roman authority, a young outcast, Miriam, must flee Nazareth to protect her unborn child when she and her zealot brother are accused of treason and become the target for assassination by a sadistic Roman soldier.

"These characters inhabit fully realized lived realities that are not dependant on a stodgy and preordained Biblical narrative but that move and breathe in their own right and that offer a serious and never detached reexamination of the birth of Christ."