1203. Constantinople is besieged ... by the Christians of the 4th Crusade! Under cover of night, a small group of knights flees the doomed city. They're taking three mysterious chests to Antioch - but never reach their destination. Nowadays, in Rome, Agent Reilly has come with a Professor Sharafi to request access to the Vatican's archives. But once inside, he reveals that the document they're here to consult is one that the Church doesn't want anyone to see...
Tess has gone with Vance to look for the Falcon Temple and its precious cargo, convinced that truth must prevail. Meanwhile, the Church persuades Sean to help them keep that truth hidden - at any cost. On the dark waters of the Mediterranean, in a storm so fierce it could be the very wrath of God, a merciless battle will take place for the future of the Christian faith...
Reilly has tracked down the fake Professor Sharafi to Turkey. But the
man is crafty, and not only does he manage to escape, he also
recaptures Tess along the way. A chase begins across the hills of
Cappadocia, with the FBI agent hunting down his enemy while Tess, in
order to survive, does her best to follow the trail of Knight Templar
Conrad and the mysterious treasure he was protecting - the one
everyone thought was a threat to all of Christianity...
After being kidnapped by Vance and subsequently escaping, Tess is now officially part of the investigative team alongside Agent Reilly. But despite the constant danger of the lurking assassins who have already nearly killed her once, the young woman refuses to play a passive role. Her research will take her far from New York, under the protection of Sean Reilly - who is about to face a terrible crisis of faith.