Tom Arden, who found a long lost Rembrandt
), is now
an assistant curator with the Metropolitan Museum of New York. He's intrigued by an embroidered
cloth painted in a 16th century still life.
In the process of interpreting a partial message, he becomes convinced that the cloth is the one
in a legend involving Leonardo da Vinci.
A zealot, whose purpose in life is to guard critical secrets on behalf of a future Ottoman Empire,
will stop at nothing to prevent a powerful revelation on the cloth.
A murder prompts Tom to pursue a suspect, and a confrontation ensues amidst Roman ruins in Cyprus,
Tom battles the zealot in his attempt to find a secret treasure have secular and sacred implications.
Along the adventure he has come to realize his lack of commitment to his fiancee and fellow curator Isabelle.