Troy has fallen, and the victorious Greeks are eager to return home with the spoils of an endless war - including the women of Troy themselves. They await a fair wind for the Aegean.
It does not come, because the gods are offended. The body of King Priam lies unburied and desecrated, and so the victors remain in suspension, camped in the shadows of the city they destroyed as the coalition that held them together begins to unravel. Old feuds resurface, and new suspicions and rivalries begin to fester.
Largely unnoticed by her captors, the onetime Trojan queen Briseis, who was formerly Achilles's slave but now belongs to his companion Alcimus, quietly takes in these developments. She forges alliances where she can - with Priam's aged wife, the defiant Hecuba, and with the disgraced soothsayer Calchas - all the while shrewdly seeking her path to revenge.