Deep in the Rocky Mountains, a gruesome discoveryâ€”hundreds
of mummified bodiesâ€”stirs international attention and
fervent controversy. Despite doubts about the bodies'
origins, the local Native American Heritage Commission lays
claim to the prehistoric remains, along with the strange
artifacts found in the same cavern: gold plates inscribed
with an unfathomable script.
During a riot at the dig site, an anthropologist dies
horribly, burned to ashes in a fiery explosion in plain
view of television cameras. All evidence points to a
radical group of Native Americans, including one agitator,
a teenage firebrand who escapes with a vital clue to the
murder and calls on the one person who might helpâ€”her
uncle, Painter Crowe, Director of Sigma Force.
To protect his niece and uncover the truth, Painter will
ignite a war among the nation's most powerful intelligence
agencies. Yet an even greater threat looms as events in the
Rocky Mountains have set in motion a frightening chain
reaction, a geological meltdown that threatens the entire
western half of the U.S.
From the volcanic peaks of Iceland to the blistering
deserts of the American Southwest, from the gold vaults of
Fort Knox to the bubbling geysers of Yellowstone, Painter
Crowe joins forces with Commander Gray Pierce to penetrate
the shadowy heart of a dark cabal, one that has been
manipulating American history since the founding of the
But can Painter discover the truthâ€”one that could topple
governmentsâ€”before it destroys all he holds dear?