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After the shocking abdication and disappearance of Pope John Paul III, close confidants of the Pope are being murdered. Peter Adam, a German journalist, and his American colleague, Loretta, begin to investigate the case. Their only lead is a book about mystical symbols predicting an unsettling event which is to take place in ten days time.
Back in Rome, Peter discovers his entire body covered in an enigmatic tattoo, including images of a man with the head of a lion. He still has no memory of the five missing days. When he discovers that his brother Nicholas has apparently been murdered in Cologne, he fears he himself might have killed him.
Peter and Maria, trying to decipher the meaning of his tattoo, find themselves in the Pantheon in Rome where they stumble on the body of a Roman legionary with one of amulets and a document in ancient Mayan in his hand. They then come across a library of occult books where they find Franz Laurenz, the former pope.
Peter, paralysed by a nerve poison given him by Franz Laurenz hears that the occult library under the Pantheon contains an ancient encrypted book of Evil. Incredulously he also discovers that in fact he isn't Peter but Nicholas! Laurenz and his disciples are moving him from the library to a safe place when they are set upon by the Bearers of the Light.
In the Himalayas a young Buddhist monk makes a horrific discovery. Peter, trapped in the body of his brother, realises his tattoo is the key to deciphering the Book of Dzyan, a catalogue of evil. Simultaneously, a young Jesuit hacker in the Vatican discovers a conspiracy and Yoko Tanaka manages to decipher parts of Peter's tattoo.
Franz Laurenz does a deal with Pope Peter II to save the life of his daughter. The pope has found out where the mysterious wooden box is hidden and has sent Maria there to find it. Brother Anselmo successfully hacks into Seth's CCTV surveillance system allowing Franz Laurenz to watch powerlessly as Peter and Nicholas meet their fate in Area 23.
Urs Bühler leaves Kathmandu to try to help Peter only to come across Marina, lying in a strange coma in a Buddhist monastery. Peter frees Nicholas and together they break into the secret Area 23 to uncover a shocking secret.
Peter Adam and Urs Bühler discover the crucified Felipe Galán in the monastery of Santa Maria de la Real. Meanwhile Nicholas abducts Maria and hands her over to the Bearers of the Light. Back in Santiago de Compostela Peter and Bühler discover clues which lead them to an abandoned chapel in which they discover Christianity's best-kept secret.
Nakashima, flying with Peter to Nepal, offers him a drug that will restore his lost memory. He takes it and at last understands the connections and finds out who his biological father really is. Back in Rome, Franz Laurenz learns that Maria is in the hands of Seth. Nakashima offers to help him but demands the unimaginable in return.
Two weeks earlier: Nicholas, in Cologne Cathedral waiting for instructions from Seth, falls in love with Marina, a mysterious gypsy. When he senses that Peter is in deadly danger in Rome he finds himself transported into his brother's body. Peter, in the body of Nicholas is on his way back to Cologne with Urs Bühler when he discovers another amulet on a statue of a Black Madonna. The symbol leads him to Burma where Hell is waiting for him.