The northern kingdom of Israel is no more. The “lucky” few who survive the Assyrian invasion are carried into exile. Their former neighbors to the south, the people of Judah, are barely hanging on.
The good news is the Assyrians aren’t a problem anymore. The bad news is they were taken out by an even bigger empire: Babylon. Soon the Babylonian army is camped outside Jerusalem—and they’re digging in for a long siege.