Cruel, ruthless, depraved, the Malwa Empire dominates sixth-century India. And the thing from the distant future that commands it is worse. Far worse. Those in the future who oppose the hell the Malwa will make of Earth have sent a crystal, Aide, to halt their advance. But Aide cannot act by himself. He has found a champion - Count Belisarius of Byzantium, perhaps the greatest general of all time - to help him defeat the enemies of humankind. No matter what it costs . . .