Klytemestra has good reason to hate her husband. The great Agamemnon, who killed her first husband and newborn son and dragged her off to Mycenae to be his queen.
When Klytie’s sister Helene runs off with Paris to far off Troy, Agamemnon begins a years long campaign against the country that harbors the lovers. But when his own hubris brings down the anger of the goddess Artemis, stranding the fleet at Aulis, he appeases her with a horrifying human sacrifice – their eldest daughter Iphigenia – for fair winds to blow the Greek army to war.
Ten years he is gone, leaving his wife abandoned and alone to run the kingdom, her hatred settling as a black cloud over her heart. Finally she accepts the advances of Aegisthus, her husband’s cousin and true heir to the usurped crown Agamemnon wears, who seeks his own revenge on the king.
When they learn that the king is on his way home, their perilous position becomes clear. Klytie’s adultery gives Agamemnon the right to kill her and her fear drives her lover to extreme lengths. When the king appears with his own mistress, the war prize Cassandra, it is the final straw in a long list of evils. But is any of it enough to justify murder?