“In this novel, McDowell expertly drills deep into the core of humanity and exposes a raw nerve—a painful discovery, but not without purpose…it addresses a question we all face at some point in our life: is there any beauty to be found in a dark place?”
Linda Marie Zupancic
Writer, editor, B.C., Canada
“…based on a true story, Onesimus is a Roman slave who is willing to do questionable acts for freedom of body and soul. But he finds himself on a journey that will test his courage, challenge his view of society, and force him to decide what ‘freedom’ really means.” (Jon Sparks, Historical Fiction Review)
As a slave in the Roman Empire, Onesimus lived on an estate just outside of the city of Colossae. His master was Quintus Philemon Scaptius, a minor nobleman who oversaw a successful trading business. When Onesimus went into town on errands for his master, he took a...