Suivez l'équipe Sg-1 lors de leur mission sur Tyros, une ancienne société sur le point d'entrer en guerre. Les Tyreans sont dévoués à leur divinité Cananéenne, Meleg. Lorsque leur chef spirituel est sauvagement assassiné, ils supplient Sg-1 de les aider contre leurs ennemis jurés, les Phrygians.
L'équipe n'a d'autres choix que d'accepter lorsque le Colonel O'neill est kidnappé. O'neill découvre rapidement que son seul espoir de survie est de rejoindre les sauvages Phrygians, s'il peut survivre à leur rite barbare d'initiation. Tandis qu'ils tentent de secourir O'neill, Carter, Daniel et Teal'c sont impliqués dans une guerre où les alliances changement continuellement et où les choses ne sont pas toujours ce qu'elles semblent être. Et ils ne savent pas qu'un vieil ennemi est caché dans l'ombre...
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On a hidden world...
Tyros - an ancient society teetering on the brink of war. A pious people, the Tyreans are devoted to the Canaanite deity, Meleq. When their spiritual leader is savagely murdered during a mission of peace, they beg SG-1 for help against their sworn enemies, the Phrygians.
Initially reluctant to get involved, the team have no choice when Colonel Jack O'Neill is abducted. O'Neill soon discovers his only hope of escape is to join the ruthless Phrygians - if he can survive their barbaric initiation rite.
As Dr Daniel Jackson, Major Samantha Carter and Teal'c race to his rescue, they find themselves embroiled in a war of shifting allegiances, where truth has many shades and nothing is as it seems.
And, unbeknownst to them all, an old enemy is hiding in the shadows...
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An ear-splitting crack and dust and morsels of shattered stone rained down from the lintel above her head.
"Bloody Nora!" Siobhan Kelly jerked around.
"Do I have your attention now?" That nasty black box of a gun draped across his midriff, he came swaggering towards her like something out of those Rambo fi lms and had the nerve to grin.
"You shot at me!"
"I didn't shoot at you. If I'd shot at you, you wouldn't be complaining."
This wasn't funny. "Of all the -"
"Ah!" A surprisingly elegant hand fl ew up and he took off his sunglasses, hard and angry eyes belying the grin. "In case you hadn't noticed, Professor, we're not in Kansas anymore. Carter here explained a few facts to you just now, but maybe you didn't get the message. So -"
"Oh please! I've been conducting excavations since before you were an itch in your daddy's trousers. Do you have any idea of who I am?"
"One huge honkin' pain in the mikta. I, on the other hand, am the guy who's under orders to bring you back in one piece, and if you interrupt me again I'll gag you. We didn't get a chance to introduce ourselves, so, for the record, I'm Colonel Jack O'Neill. Colonel means you'll do exactly as I tell you when I tell you, and if I'm not around, you'll listen to Major Carter. Are we clear on this?"
L'histoire de ce roman prend place au sein de la saison 7 de Stargate SG-1.