A successful writer, Pat O’Connelly, is contacted by a strange French archaeologist in Paris who has developed a theory relating to the site of the Temple of the Jews in Jerusalem using documents dating from the 19th century when the British Army surveyed Palestine. The archaeologist seeks O’Connelly’s assistance in the hope of finding a publisher for his work. O’Connelly discovers the arcane world of Biblical archaeology and the conflict between Jewish and Muslim authorities in the Holy Land.
This is a story of archaeology set in modern day Jerusalem and the search for the Temple, destroyed in 70AD by the Roman Emperor Titus, who sacked the city and razed the Temple to the ground. Today the Temple Mount is occupied by the Haram esh-Sharif under the control of the Muslim Waqf.