The Beacon at Alexandria is placed in the 293a.d. Roman Empire, and tells the story of Charis, an amazing young woman who dresses as a eunuch and travels to Alexandria to study her medicine; something she couldn't do if she was not dressed up as a man. Charis, who changes her name to Chariton, apprentices to a Jewish doctor in Alexandria, and learns the art well. After several years of studying, she is forced to leave Alexandria because of religious/political troubles that involve her. She is offered a job working in a military hospital in Thrace, and it is there that her life takes a surprising turn as she comes up against other troubles, and in the end, finds herself at last.
In the declining years of the Roman Empire, Charis, the independent and intelligent daughter of a rich official, yearns to become a doctor, but is prevented from doing so by her gender. Masquerading as a eunuch, she flees her home in Ephesus for Alexandria, the world's center of learning, where she apprentices to a Jewish doctor and learns to love her art. Eventually, however, she is drawn into the dangerous politics of the early Christian church; intrigue sweeps her to a Roman outpost in the wilderness of Thrace, where she finds her true destiny.
This report prepared by Christine Hung