Tut's tiny party reaches Thebes just in time for him to throw of his disguise during the coronation of his 'successor' Ka, whom the 'living god' stabs to death for 'stealing' his queen even before vizier Ay explains she insisted to marry her lover rather then him. Tut wants to execute general Horemheb for high treason, but despite a failed escape and budding rebellion an Lagus's advice postpones the 'trial' as the Mitanni threat is worse then ever, due to a terrible epidemic which spares capital nor army. Tut's plan B, his niece Herit as bride to turn the Mitanni king into an ally, returns speared, so a campaign with weakened forces is inevitable. First the failing quarantine is followed by the desperate order to burn the sick of Thebes in a ghetto. Tut ignores that queen Ankhe, who fears to be replaced with the fertile half-blood wife Suhad after another miscarriage, actually Ka's posthumous child she was passing off as Tut's, tricked her rival to be locked in with her visiting ...