Tetra is a twelve year old boy who has an uncontrollable temper. He lives in a world of violence and crime. His father, a camel merchant, is away from home on business. Tetra's brother fails to come home from an errand. Mother has to send her uncontrollable son to find his younger brother. Tetra is excited to travel alone to the city in search of his missing brother. Nothing goes right for Tetra. His anger is tested to the limits. Can anything he has learned in the past rescue him when he meets a Roman soldier on the road who compels him to do something against his stubborn will? The story is set in the Middle East under occupation by the Roman Empire.