1571. Chained to a slave galley in the heart of the Mediterranean, it seems that English adventurers Ingoldsby and Hodge might have finally run out of luck. But they've survived worse, and as the men around them drop dead at their oars, they're determined to escape. By a miracle of fate, they find their way back to dry land and freedom—but unable to return home. With the Ottoman Empire set on strangling the crusading Christian power before it can take root, hostilities between East and West, Muslim and Christian, are vicious and deadly. And as the sun rises on one day in October, five hours of bloodshed will change the course of history. One again, the two Englishmen find themselves living on borrowed time.