Scorpus, a Roman officer is appointed by Emperor Tiberias to be his personal agent in Palestine. He is to work unknown to the Colonial Government, reporting in particular on the state of security and the activities of Governor Pilate and the Herod King Antipas. The birth, circumstances and activities of Jesus come to notice initially as marginal to the main task, but the pace and complexity of the Jesus 'movement' grows steadily as does the analysis and depth of the agent's scrutiny. To do his work, Scorpus starts and runs a commercial trade business under cover of which he travels widely throughout Palestine meeting all types of people amongst which he recruits as informants those well placed to provide quality data. Various characters take part, some having well known names, there are colourful clandestine meetings and detailed accounts of events leading to a closer understanding of the main participants in the trial of Jesus as the story comes to its climax. The book will appeal to both believers and non-believers as the information collected and examined is treated sympathetically but without any bias.