A newly elected Pope makes a historic decision in the wake of the world's worst terrorist outrage. He will share the Vatican's oldest secret with Israel's Chief Rabbi.
On Jerusalem's Temple Mount masses demonstrate for the rebuilding of Solomon's Temple. What could stop them if the Temple Treasures, looted two thousand years ago by Rome's triumphant Roman general Titus, really have come to light?
Yet nothing is as it seems. Behind this new Pope's statesman-like gesture lies a sinister plot hatched by a fanatical sect. Unsuspected and seemingly unstoppable, this sect worms its way into the heart of Christendom determined to change the fate of the world.
Behind these events stands a clash of civilizations now teetering on the brink of war.