Pompeii is a work of historical fiction, which I really enjoyed. It is about the Roman town of Pompeii, the surrounding towns, and some of the people who lived there. Those familiar with history will go into the book knowing that Mt. Vesuvius is about to blow up and cover Pompeii with ashes, killing everyone who is there.
The book takes place in four days: two days before the volcanic eruption, and the two days during the eruption.