Jason Dent, a young down-and-out sociologist living in Cairo, is hired by an Egyptian businessman to retrieve stolen archaeological evidence. He must travel to Cape Town, South Africa, infiltrate a group of the victim's colleagues, and identify the murderer and thief. Problems arise when he agrees to assist the police in a sting operation at a luxury spa, putting his own life at risk. He must also wrestle with the ethical dilemma of selling scientific findings.The evidence he seeks threatens to ruin scholarly reputations and tarnish the image of ancient Egyptian civilization. His investigation is hampered by foreign intrigue and the discovery that he is not alone in seeking the evidence.