Several Hebrew captives arrive in Babylon from the land of Judah. Among them are Darniil and his sister Helez. King Nebuchadnezzar's aim is to educate them in the ways and laws of Babylon so they can serve in his court. Murder, threats and escape from the fiery furnace of execution follow as their life in Babylon unfolds. Helez, a plain Hebrew girl of noble birth, falls in love with Zarko-Bel, son of the chief army commander. Their unlikely love is threatened by his reputation as a womaniser and by the fact that he serves other gods.Will she eventually open herself to be loved or stay true to her faith? Zarko-Bel has had his way with several nubile young girls in the past. He battles his own demons as he tries to win the heart of the beautiful Hebrew exile.