When Claudia and her dad were at the markets in Pompeii getting grains for bread as they own a bakery, the ground started to shake.
Claudia's family went to their uncles farm for lunch and to help out with jobs around the farm. Claudia was told to pick grapes but in the end she had to mind the slaves babies as the grapes got all over Claudia's tunic.
While Claudia was at the baths, she runs into her friend Emilia who acts like a queen and wears a lot of fancy things. Claudia thinks that this not how a 13 year old should act.
When Claudia's family were at Emilia's family's new bakery, they see that the slaves are turning the millstone as a punishment. Claudia and her parents are shocked and does not think that is OK.
After Claudia befriends a slave , she gets told that the slave is being sold to fight for other people's entertainment. If the slave was to fight, he could possibly die or get injured.
I am being sold to become a fighter.
None of your business
Claudia is so upset at the slave getting sold, she places a curse over the family who sold the slave. Unfortunately Claudia's older brother Marcus sees her placing a curse, and wants to know who the curse is for. Claudia does not tell him.