"You have something I want. You're the only person on earth who knows where to find it. Go get it. You have 72 hours. If I don't hear from you, you will be childless." Cotton Malone's teenage son has been kodnapped, and an anonymouse emailo from those responsible proves they will stop at nothing tto get their hands on a coveted prize: the legendary lost Library of Alexandria, which vanished 1,500 years ago. Within the vast reserve of 500,000 manuscripts, one holds the key to ultimate power-a revelation so shocking ti could fundamentally alter modern geopolitics. Pursued by a lethal mercenary, Malone crosses the globe in search of this vast bounty of wisdom. His quest will lead him to England and Portugal, even to the highest levels of American government-and the shattereing outcome, deep in the Sinai desert, will have worldwide repercussions.