For centuries, emperors, historians, and even the Vatican have tried to locate Ivan the Terrible's magnificent Library of Gold - a fabled archive of gilded, bejewelled scripts and lost knowledge dating back to the ancient Greeks. Now one volume, The Book of Spies, has surfaced, and along with it a shadowy cabal. When the CIA unearths a connection between the legendary library and a terrorist-funded bank account, they turn to rare books curator Eva Blake for help. When an attempt is made on Eva's life, she puts her trust in Judd Ryder, a former intelligence agent with his own agenda. They must do what no one else has been able to do: find the library and stay alive.