The story begins in 1968 in Saudi Arabia. Khalid Al-Raqtan dies just before making a pilgrimage to Mecca. He leaves a map and several clues regarding a hidden treasure. The hunt for Al-Raqtan’s treasure is a loose link between a series of adventures.
Mark Holmes and Dominic O’Flaherty, two men of quite different characters who are lecturing at the same university, learn of the treasure. They become involved in a race to find it. Mark, the protagonist of the tale, soon finds himself caught up in events that present danger and excitement. There is always friction between Mark and the less scrupulous Dominic.
Most of the action in this novel is based upon factual incidents and adventures that take place in Egypt, Lebanon, Arabian Gulf and Saudi Arabia.
The inevitable showdown between Mark Holmes and Dominic O’Flaherty occurs when they are still in the wilderness.
The story contains no gratuitous sex or foul language. The violent incident that does take place is essential to the telling of the tale.