Nico and Maria, Maltese brother and sister, are separated when young Nico is abdusted by Moorish slavers. Extraordinary events lead him to the court of Suleiman the Magnificent, Sultan of the Ottomans. Maria, stranded in Malta, joins a group of Jews-forced by their Christian rulers to renounce their faith - who continue their rituals clandestinely.
French aristocrat Christien de Vries yearns to prove himself as a surgeon in the Order of St. John, to which he was pledged as an infant but joined only as a result of a life-altering oath.
In 1565, as the battle of the Siege of Malta approaches, nothing will ever be the same again for Maria, Nico and Christien. A sweeping historical epic set against the backdrop of the desperate conflict between Christian Europe and the Islamic Ottoman Empire, The Sword and the Scimitar vividly portrays an irresistible and fast moving world of adventure, war, treachery and love.