Abruzzo, Italy: a young priest suffers the stigmata of the crucifixion.
The Vatican, Rome: the Pope calls on Harvard professor Cal Donovan to investigate the truth of the priest's claim.
Berlin, Germany: a neo-Nazi organisation believes the priest is the key to an earth-shattering secret. A secret that can be used as a deadly weapon.
When the priest is abducted, a perilous race against the clock begins. Only Cal can track down the ruthless organisation and stop it, before an apocalyptic catastrophe is unleashed.
This derivative series launch from Cooper (Near Death) features yet another two-fisted academic on the trail of a religious relic with the power to change history. Cal Donovan, a Harvard Divinity School professor of religious history and archeology who's known in the boxing ring as "The Reaper," is approached by his Boston friend Cardinal Da Silva with a request from the pope. The pontiff, impressed with Cal's book Holy Wounds: A History of Stigmata from the Middle Ages to the Present, wants Cal to investigate a current claim that a young Italian priest, Giovanni Berardino, has such wounds on his wrists. Cal travels to Italy, where he examines the priest, who doesn't appear to be a fraud. Meanwhile, Lambret Schneider, the leader of a neo-Nazi group whose members call themselves the Knights of Longinus, has designs on the Holy Lance, the weapon used by a Roman centurion to stab Jesus, as well as on Berardino. Even Dan Brown devotees are likely to consider this old hat.