The Morning Light is an idealistic,
philosophical novel about a Roman Senator's doomed stand against
slavery in the 2nd century B.C. Senator Janus Luminius cautiously
compromises in his pursuit of a Roman consulship so that he can
enact his cherished reforms. But when Janus gambles everything
to prevent the fantasies of an unscrupulous merchant from undermining
Rome's economy, he discovers those illusions are far more attractive
to the Senate's leadership than his own more civilized dreams.