The Kinsington Gallery, Lady Kara Kinsington's tribute to her late father Lord Reginal Kinsington, is located in the British Museum. The north wing, to be exact, because that is where the museum is hosting their anniversary showcase, an ethno gaphical collection portraying human achievement through the ages and cultures.The gallery is run by the austere Dr. Safia al-Maaz, Kara's closest friend since childhood. They have lived through the trials and tribulations of a friendship that was born of tragedy.Kara has never been able to get over the death of her beloved father and Saffy still has nightmares of the violent death of her mother.That friendship has never been tested the way it is about to be.
Just a few days before the showcase was to open, a violent and unprecedented explosion rocked the gallery. It destroyed a large percentage of the relics thet had been accumulated by Kara and Saffy for a period of over ten years. Enter Painter Crowe, operative for the elite SIGMA force, suddenly doublecrossed by his trusted partner Cassandra. With a new partner, Coral Novak, and a new assignment, posing as an American scientist to find the cause of the explosion at the Kennsington Gallery, (SIGMA has a theory that involves antimatter) Painter is off on a new adventure that will land him right in the path of Kara and Saffy. Unfortunatly, for Painter, it's also the same path being taken by Cassandra and the reason she doublecrossed Painter to begin with. Together they head for Ubar, lost city of Arabia, the Atlantis of the Sands.Along the way they pick up a cast of colorful characters, such as,Dr. Omaha Dunn. In the past he had broken Saffy's heart, but still held a small place there. Now Saffy is beginning to have feelings for Painter.
This report prepared by Dawn McKinney
Lady Kara Kensington, British noblewoman and heiress. Dr. Safia al-Maaz archeologists and curator of the Kensington Gallery at the British Musuem. Best friends. A friendship born of one tragedy and maintained by another. In an explosion that lights up the London sky, almost all of the artifacts from the Gallery, an accumulation of over ten years work, are destroyed.
Following a lead from the site of the explosion, Kara and Saffy set out seeking answers for the loss of the gallery and soon discover that it is mysteriously connected to the other great tragedies in their lives.