Detective Jack Carver has always liked puzzles, so when a seemingly innocent professor is arrested for breaking into a museum to examine a piece of paper, he's determined to get to the bottom of the whole thing. After all, what was so important about it that someone would risk their freedom to study it? What exactly do the nonsensical notes in the little black book she carries with her mean? And who is the mysterious benefactor that pays for her bail?
Soon enough. Carver finds himself mixed up in a quest that traverses every crevice of history. A sonnet. Medieval weaponry. The Gettysburg Address. World War 2. Clues - that when put together could lead the team to an insurmountable treasure, and academic fame.
But they're not alone in their search, and those opposing them are far more willing to do whatever it takes to reach the ancient treasure. However, as the trail gets harder, they may have to work together if they're going to emerge from the Pharaoh's chambers alive.