An aging priest is haunted by nightmares of the sack of Jerusalem and the fear of losing the priceless talisman he possesses. His sudden and brutal murder and the disappearance of the artifact set in motion events that will shake the pillars of the modern world. In present day Washington State, Professor Kathy Allison s meeting with a wealthy alumnus of her university to examine a mysterious artifact recently discovered in China, plunges her and her teenage daughter into a nightmare of death and terror. They are saved by the timely intervention of James Ellis, who has come to examine the same artifact. The artifact is a puzzle that will lead to answers the world is not ready to hear. Even though they have known each other only a short while, a connection is developing between Ellis and Allison. Even as their feelings for each other increase, the pressures of the puzzle pushes them ever forward. The search for answers leads to Germany, Bosnia, the Himalayas, and finally to the remote reaches of South America and a confrontation that will decide the fate of humanity. Just when James Ellis believes the situation is finally resolved, a final twist is added, with the arrival of a mysterious package addressed to him, to the DEVCON offices. The secrets revealed in its contents will change much of world history. While trying to work his way through this new treasure, Ellis comes face-to-face with the true enemy. This new evil lurks right around the corner.