Marcus Flavius Aquila dreams of glorious military success. Both his father and uncle had served in Roman Britain, and Marcus follows them there as a Cohort Commander with the Roman Auxiliaries. His uncle has settled in Britain after his years of military service, but Marcus’ father disappeared with the Ninth Hispana, a legion sent north of Hadrian’s Wall to deal with the Caledonians. Severely wounded in a Celtic uprising, Marcus is discharged from the Roman Military. As he recovers, he hears rumors of the lost golden eagle standard of the Ninth Hispana. Marcus and his friend Esca, set off to find the lost eagle, and to regain his father’s honour. Originally published in 1954, The Eagle of the Ninth is the first book in Sutcliffe’s series on Roman Britain.