Simon and Simon features two men born just a few miles apart, Simon Peter and Simon Magus. Peter's passionate life is contrasted with Magus, the one known as ‘Simon the Sorcerer’.
Triarius, a Roman soldier, is sent to the Frontier. His wife is pregnant when he leaves and believed to be carrying a son. He sends orders to dispose of the child if it is a girl. His daughter is born and kept in secret.
He sends orders to dispose of the child if the seer is mistaken. His wife gives birth to a daughter, ‘Triaria’, and secretly raises the child while her husband is away, not knowing if he will return. He does, and discovers the child’s existence, and…well, that would be telling the story.