Lucius is back in Rome, reunited with his old friend Isidora.
Together they look after the wild beasts that will hunt, fight - and die - in the arena.
Emperor Titus has decreed a hundred days of games to celebrate the opening of his new amphitheatre.
Lucius's brother, the famous gladiator Quintus Felix, will once again face death or glory in the games.
Meanwhile, Lucius's father is still on the run. How can Lucius convince the emperor that his father is innocent?
Blood and Sand is the third title in Gladiator School, a series of novels set in ancient Rome.