The Great War Lord Hannibal, The Lion of Carthage, summons Hippocrates and Epicydes to him. The brothers are ordered to go to Syracuse to ensure that an alliance is formed between Carthage and Syracuse against Rome. Hannibal does not give the brothers any formal position, but they have to manage as best they can to achieve their goal. The prize will be great, as to what it is - Syracuse or perhaps the whole of Sicily - even in that respect Hippocrates and Epicydes will have the power in their own hands.
The city of Syracuse follows a violent path through different forms of power structure: from monarchy through aristocracy and democracy to tyranny. Jukka Heikkilä describes convincingly the political intrigue of the Antiquity and the ceaseless struggle for power. The novel follows intricately and with vision the eighteen-month siege of Syracuse, describing vividly the military techniques and the different viewpoints.
The events of The Tyrant are placed in the middle of the War of Hannibal in the years 215-212 BC. The fictitious story follows the actual historical facts as closely as possible, and in addition to Hannibal, another well known personality from history, Archimedes, emerges. The Tyrant is the companion work to Jukka Heikkilä’s first novel, The Marine Consul.