Sergeant Jordan Stone, Father Rhun Korza, and Dr. Erin Granger, are sent to explore a macabre discovery in Israel, a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl. But a brutal attack at the site thrusts them into a race to recover what was once preserved in the tomb's sarcophagus: a book rumored to have been written by Christ's own hand, a tome that is said to hold the secrets to His divinity. The enemy who hounds them is like no other, a force of ancient evil directed by a leader of impossible ambitions and incalculable cunning. From crumbling tombs to splendorous churches, Erin and her two companions must confront a past that traces back thousands of years, to a time when ungodly beasts hunted the dark spaces of the world, to a moment in history when Christ made a miraculous offer, a pact of salvation for those who were damned for eternity. In the end, be warned: some books should never be found, never opened--until now.