The lives of every human being on earth are about to be radically changed by evil forces that have labored toward this end for millennia . . . and only one man can stop it. But first, someone will have to convince him the danger even exists. Calvin Grady, naval combat veteran and rising star in the U.S. State Department, is dispatched to Israel to investigate the myste-rious theft of antiquities from the most politically sensitive location in the world: the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. In a whirlwind first week on assignment, he is nearly killed, then captured by a nameless enemy. Freed by a secret paramilitary organization, he becomes increasingly bewildered by a complex array of clues that don't make any sense. Thus our hero finds himself on center stage in a drama that has evolved across eons, and in which he is only the latest in a series of select individuals whose lives have been caught up in the destiny of the world's most priceless and coveted treasures. On a parallel course, men and women in previous ages take up the same struggle, in the same holy city and against the same ancient forces of evil. Each labors to defuse his own dire crisis, and each meets his own unique climax. At stake are the souls of humankind . . . and the thread of redemption is woven throughout their stories.