by Kathryn Lasky
In the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Julia is a wealthy crippled girl and Sura is her beautiful slave. While they lead totally opposite lives, they are best friends. During a couple of eventful weeks, the girls' world completely changes as they are forced to grow up and see where their paths will split and what the future will hold. Looming over all of these events is the volcanic Mt. Vesuvius and the earthquakes that are becoming more and more frequent. What does Fate have in store for these two girls?