Malta, a tiny island located in the Mediterranean Sea, has a population of just over 400,000 people, a small city in most countries. It has been occupied by a myriad of nations, all of which helped to shape its culture. The Romans and the Spanish fostered a devotion to Roman Catholicism. The Arabs created the Maltese language. The Normans left them with a flag. Local pubs from the era of British rule are still easy to find. Malta gained its independence in 1964 and although its complicated history makes the nation hard to categorize, it has created an intriguing multi-layered culture.
Damon explores this small, devoutly Roman Catholic, country. He studies the history that gives the Maltese people such a strong sense of pride, the legends of the Knights of St. John, the miracles of St. Paul, and even the possibility that Malta may have been an outpost of the fabled lost city of Atlantis. He admires magnificent churches, art galleries and museums that pay tribute to a rich religious history and discovers that the spiritual strength of the Maltese people is built on the foundations of their noble past.