Blurb: This novel, set thousands of years ago, tells of the life-and-death struggles of Israel in the turbulent days when it was guided by the prophecies of Samuel and led by the anointed king, Saul.
The power of the story is matched by the depth and vigor of the telling. Moving against the background of epic events is the fascinating heroine - Rizpah - her wit, her loveliness, her gift for loving marking her as a woman born to seek the center of life.
Rizpah is just sixteen when her parents are killed by the Philistine raiders, and she herself is taken to be sold as a concubine in the slave market of the pagan city of Askelon. Here, in forced exile, she is schooled in the arts of the courtesan. Here she learns to play with power. Here she learns the meaning of life in high places - life sustained by privilahe and pleasure but threatened by intrigues from within and from without by the armies of the enemy.