Batiatus gets to keep all his gladiators, control of the ludus and Solonius' support, planning to use it all to seek revenge for all that has befallen him. In the meantime, the opening of the new arena finally takes place promising a spectacle of blood.
Batiatus's father arranges a tournament between his gladiators to put his ludus into a test and determine the worth of his men. Fully committed to succeed, Crixus finds himself drawn into the power play within the house.
The power struggle between the younger and the elder Batiatus shakes the roots of their house and sees alliances formed and loyalties divided. Lucretia sides with her husband albeit reluctantly in performing a risky plan while Gannicus finds himself on unstable ground.
Just as Batiatus starts to take delight in the flourishing of an incipient fortune and foreshadowing a bright future before him, the unexpected return of his father might put an end to his business ways and life ambitions.
Batiatus comes up with a brilliant plan and enlists Lucretia, Gaia and a slew of the new gladiator recruits to see it through. Meanwhile, Oenomaus passionately desires to take back the top gladiator rank, but he's forced to fight for it.
Once young Batiatus finally gets the control of his father's gladiator school, he immediately begins to plot to make a profitable business out of his ludus. In order to succeed, he puts his most skilled fighter into good use to gain the favour of a rich and cunning nobleman who can help fund the building of a new arena.moreless