In 2004, as Pope John Paul II's reign enters its twilight, a mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. A week before it is scheduled to open, its curator is murdered at a clandestine meeting on the outskirts of Rome. The same night a violent break-in rocks the home of the curator's research partner, Father Alex Andreou, a Greek Catholic priest who lives inside the Vatican with his five-year-old son.
"A Necessary Review of a Masterpiece"
Princeton. Good Friday, 1999. On the eve of graduation, two students are a hairsbreadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Famous for its hypnotic power over those who study it, the 500-year-old Hypnerotomachia may finally reveal its secrets to Tom Sullivan, whose father was obsessed with the book, and Paul Harris, whose future depends on it. As the deadline looms, research has stalled, until an ancient diary surfaces.
"BETTER than Dan Brown"
Princeton student Tom Sullivan is haunted by the violent death of his father, an academic who devoted his life to unlocking an ancient book's secret. With his roommate Paul, Tom discovers a long-lost diary that holds the key to the puzzle. But when a fellow researcher is murdered only hours later, the two friends find themselves in great danger.
A mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. A week before it is scheduled to open, its curator is murdered. The same night a violent break-in rocks the home of the curator's research partner, Father Alex Andreou. When the papal police fail to identify a suspect in either crime, Father Alex undertakes his own investigation. But just as he begins to understand the truth about his friend's death, Father Alex finds himself hunted down....
Der griechisch-orthodoxe Priester Simon will sich in den Gärten von Castel Gandolfo heimlich mit dem Kurator einer Ausstellung treffen, die die Geschichte der Kirche verändern soll. Doch vor Ort findet er dessen Leiche. Schnell stellt sich heraus: Es war Mord - und Simon wird verdächtigt. Gleichzeitig wird in die Wohnung seines Bruders Alex eingebrochen. Alex versucht, einen Zusammenhang zwischen den Verbrechen herzustellen.
2004. Mentre papa Giovanni Paolo II è sempre più debole e il suo potere vacilla sotto la scure della malattia, una misteriosa mostra viene allestita nei Musei Vaticani. Ma, una settimana prima dell'inaugurazione, il curatore viene assassinato nei giardini della residenza papale di Castel Gandolfo. Nelle stesse ore, in Vaticano, un malintenzionato si introduce nella casa in cui vivono il prete cattolico di rito greco Alex Andreou - consulente della mostra - e il suo figlioletto di cinque anni.
Tom, Charlie, Gil und Paul sind Freunde, die in Princeton studieren. Doch plötzlich wird die heile Campus-Welt auf dramatische Weise erschüttert: Ein grausam verstümmelter Hund bildet den Auftakt zu einer Reihe von unerklärlichen Todesfällen.