Rome, 53 AD. It is a crucial time for the spread of Christianity throughout the world.
Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus is still a carefree young boy, full of enthusiasm and joie de vivre. His beautiful, ambitious and calculating mother Agrippina and Seneca, a master of duplicity, are busy planning Lucius’ leading role in history.
At 16, despite his sincere love for the young Atte, Lucius is forced by his mother to marry his twelve year-old cousin Octavia, the daughter of the emperor Claudius, Lucius’ adoptive father. It is a marriage of convenience, and part of Agrippina’s grand scheme to ensure that her son becomes the fifth emperor of Rome, through whom she plans to govern the Roman Empire.
On 12 October 54 A.D., the Emperor Claudius is poisoned. Unaware of this foul play, Lucius, who is still just sixteen, is forced to abandon his life, his friends, his music and his dreams of becoming an artist in order to take control of the Empire. From this moment, Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus becomes Nero, Emperor of Rome.
And so young Nero begins his life as Emperor, and is constantly torn between deep passions and atrocious crimes, between sublime art and agonising betrayals, embroiled in power intrigues and lured by the promise of salvation offered by a new religion, buffeted by the powerful, furious conflicts and ebbs and flows that rendered his life so unforgettable.