Step One: A One-Sentence Summary
A Roman soldier converts after witnessing the death of Christ.
Step Two: Expand that sentence into a full
paragraph describing the story setup, major
disasters, and ending of the book.
Malchus, a Roman soldier, gives up his sword and attempts to convert after witnessing the death of Christ. He wants to live righteously, but realizes he doesn't know what that means. The disciples won't teach a Gentile, but can Malchus overcome his prejudice and learn scripture from a woman? Malchus must survive assassination attempts and religious persecution to realize his dream of preaching God's Word. After losing all his earthly treasures in the burning of Rome, Malchus retires to Pompeii - with the church's blessing - to start a new church.
I haven't decided if he'll really end up in Pompeii or not. I'll try to get some character info set up with Step 3, but I am still figuring out who my main characters will be. I have a few ideas, and hopefully they'll blossom soon.