When a world renowned scientist is found brutally murdered in a Swissresearch facility, a Harvard professor, Robert Langdon, is summoned toidentify the mysterious symbol seared onto the dead man's chest. Hisbaffling conclusion: that it is the work of the Illuminati, a secretbrotherhood presumed extinct for nearly four hundred years - reborn tocontinue their bitter vendetta against their most hated enemy, theCatholic church. In Rome, the college of cardinals assembles to elect anew pope. Yet som..ewhere within the walls of the Vatican, an unstoppablebomb of terrifying power relentlessly counts down to oblivion. While theminutes tick away, Langdon joins forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautifuland mysterious Italian scientist, to decipher the labyrinthine trail ofancient symbols that snakes across Rome to the long-forgotten Illuminatilair - a secret refuge wherein lies the only hope for the Vatican. But,with each revelation comes another twist, another turn in the plot, whichleaves Langdom and Vetra reeling and at the mercy of a seemingly invisibleenemy.