An inexplicable explosion rocks the antiquitiescollection of a London museum, setting off alarms inclandestine organizations around the world.
Lady Kara Kensington's family paid a high price in money and blood to found the gallery that now lies in ruins. And her search for answers is about to lead Kara; her friend Safia al-Maaz, the gallery's brilliant and beautiful curator; and their guide, the international adventurer Omaha Dunn, into a world they never dreamed actually existed: a lost city buried beneath the Arabian desert, where something astonishing is waiting.
A covert government operative hunting a dangerous turncoat -- his former partner -- is being drawn there as well. But the many perils of a death-defying trek deep into the savage heart of the Arabian Peninsula pale before the nightmare to be unearthed at journey's end -- an ageless power that lives and breathes, an awesome force that can create a utopia ... or tear down everything humankind has built over millennia of civilization.