New York, 1997. Televangelist Frank Lyle pledges to undertake an expedition to Mount Ararat to find the remains of Noah’s Ark and revitalize Faith. Behind this apparent interest in archaeology, however, Lyle plots his ascent to the summits of power that dominate the world. But the investigation of the death of a young computer programmer headed by police lieutenant Gary Smetatine, leads directly to the largest audience for his program Lyle has ever drawn. At the same time that, unexpectedly and incomprehensibly, the expedition to Mount Ararat has disappeared.