With a romantic heart and yearning for adventure, Valerie is overjoyed at the prospect of leaving London for the excitement of Italy, even if it means traveling with her overly protective parents and rambunctious little brother. Despite a childhood accident that has left her in need of a cane, Valerie is determined to explore the ancient ruins of Pompeii on her own. But when an earthquake shatters their visit to the Old City, Valerie is hurled back in time to 79 A.D.
Thrust into a world of intrigue and danger, Valerie is forced into servitude in the grand home of the darkly handsome Christos Marcellus. As Valerie tries to keep her wits about her, she is torn between her complex feelings for Christos and her need to get back to her own time.
Knowing the coming eruption of Vesuvius will mean doom and destruction, Valerie is faced with a life and death decision. Will she make the right choice in time?