An Irish priest is slaughtered on his own altar. A KGB agent is smothered with "666" scrawled don his shaven head. An Patrick Canavan, a bitter ex-CIA agent, plunges into a maze of treachery spanning three continents and two thousand years.
Hunted by monklike assassins Canavan runs headlong into a poisonous web spun by the secretive Brotherhood of the Tomb. Each strand intersects with others, leading to further mystery and danger, reaching back to the Middle Ages, to the time of Jesus, to the present, and to a bizarre plot of death in the Vatican.