In northern India the Malwa have created an empire of unexampled
evil. Guided or possessed by an intelligence from beyond time, with new
weapons, old treachery, and an implacable will to power, the Malwa will
sweep over the whole Earth. Only three things stand between the Malwa
and their plan of eternal domination: the empire of Rome in the East,
Byzantium; a crystal with vision; and a man named Belisarius, the
greatest commander Earth has ever know. . . .