Years ago, an ancient Phoenician statue known as the Navigator was stolen from the Baghdad Museum, and there are men who would do anything to get their hands on it. Their first victim is a crooked antiquities dealer, murdered in cold blood. Their second very nearly is a UN investigator who, were it not for the timely assistance of Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala, would now be at the bottom of a watery grave. What's so special about this statue? Austin wonders. The search for answers will take the NUMA team on an odyssey through time and space, one that encompasses the lost treasures of King Solomon, a mysterious packed of documents personally encoded by Thomas Jefferson, and a top secret scientific project that could change the world forever.