From Carpenter to King is a fictitious narrative of what Jesus’s private life might have been like during his public ministry. The novel focuses equally on the human and the divine nature of Christ.
The story delves into the acrimonious relationship between Caiaphas, the high priest, and his father-in-law, Annas. Both men are despised by the Roman procurator, Pontius Pilate.
Centurion Gaius Longinus is appointed by Pilate to clandestinely follow the Messiah. His plan is to use Jesus as his pawn in bringing about the downfall of Annas and Caiaphas.
Pilate’s wife—Claudia, the granddaughter of Caesar—appeals to her father, a noted Roman senator, to allow her half brother Marcus to begin his military career under her husband’s command.
On his first mission as a courier, Marcus is captured and abused by a brigand named Barabbas. The incident prompts General Flavius to resign from the senate and sail to the Middle East with a cohort of soldiers. Once he and his army arrived, Flavius wreaked havoc throughout Galilee as he attempted to capture his son’s abuser.
The novel remains true to the Gospel’s accounts while also intertwining the personal lives and loves of individuals who have been touched by Jesus. Blended within the story is a copious amount of intrigue.