Exiled from Palestine for the murder of his step-father, Yeshu Pantera joins a band of Roman soldiers as they venture into the Sinai Desert, headed for Alexandria in ancient Egypt. Beset with misfortune, they find their real assignment is a little to the south, a lot more south to be exact. This short story of approximately 4900 words is an excerpt from the first part of the epic Alt-History novel "Pantera." Follow Yeshu and his companions as they learn to live and fight in a region of the world where survival depends on cunning and ingenuity. ...