The story, which opens in 490 BC with Athens at war, centers on a fictional hero named Leander who embodies the difficult transition from an old tyrannical structure to a new democratic system. The outcome is a tale of gods, action, romance, daring, dangers, and big ideas. Though the subject is complex, presenting it in such lively and vivid graphic form makes it accessible, entertaining, engaging, and personal for young readers. Includes commentary on central characters, important sites, and other aspects of Athenian culture.
6 and up