In 2004 during the Iraq conflict an American army patrol rescues a frightened group of Iraqi Christians fleeing Islamic militants. The Christians' severely wounded leader insists on keeping a large, mysterious bundle in his possession until it can be handed over to the chaplain at the military post. What could this bundle consist of that the old man guarded it with his life?

When the bundle is opened, the chaplain finds that it contains an ancient manuscript written in an unknown language. Fearing for its safety in war-torn Iraq, he manages to have it shipped back to the states and it eventually winds up in an Eastern Orthodox monastery where linguists begin to interpret it.

What they find is absolutely astonishing: a first century AD testimonial written in ancient Aramaic revealing what happened to Jesus' apostles after the Resurrection. But time is running out. A fanatical Iraqi insurgent organization is bound and determined to retrieve or destroy the manuscript before the linguists can complete their work.