It all beings with a blurry, black-and-white aerial photograph. To the trained eyes of Dr. Benjamin Kazin, it is the archaeological discovery of a lifetime: evidence of an unknown ancient African civilization and their legendary City of the Moon, a city that, according to myth, vanishes with the light of day. Now Dr. Kazin, with his lovely assistant, Sally, and wealthy businessman Louren Sturvesant, launch an exploration that will soon threaten to unleash the forgotten violence of the past into the precarious present . . .