Marcus is a young baker in Ancient Rome, living with his family in the shadow of the murderous Emperor Littleboots. When a slave boy shoves the reins of a sleek, beautiful horse into Marcus¿s hands seconds before he is killed by a soldier, Marcus knows he¿s in danger ¿ because the horse is Incitatus, the Emperor¿s most prized and powerful animal.
Will Marcus find a way to keep Incitatus hidden? Are the rumours of Littleboots¿s death true ¿ or is it all a trick? And how can Marcus save himself, and his family?
A fast-paced adventure from the winner of both the Whitbread Children's Book Award and the 2005 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.