The key to a modern murder lies in the sands of history.
a badly decomposed corpse is de rigueur for forensic anthropologist
Temperance Brennan. But puzzling damage on the body of a shooting
victim, an Orthodox Jewish man, suggests this is no ordinary Montreal
murder. When a stranger slips Tempe a photograph of a skeleton unearthed
at an archaeological site, Tempe uncovers chilling ties between the
dead man and secrets long buried in the dust of Israel. Traveling there
with Detective Andrew Ryan, Tempe plunges into an international mystery
as old as Jesus, and centered on the controversial discovery of Christ's
tomb. Has a mastermind lured her into an elaborate hoax? If not, Tempe
may be on the brink of rewriting two thousand years of history - if she
can survive the foes dead set on burying her.