FOR PAULA, ACCOMPANYING her merchant father on a trading voyage to Istanbul is a dream come true. They have come to this city of trade on a special mission to purchase a most rare artifactÑa gift from the ancient goddess, Cybele, to her followers. ItÕ s the only remnant of a lost, pagan cult.
But no sooner have they arrived when it becomes clear they may be playing at a dangerous game. A colleague and friend of PaulaÕs father is found murdered. There are rumors of CybeleÕs cult reviving within the very walls of Istanbul. And most telling of all, signs have begun to appear to Paula, urging her to unlock CybeleÕs secret.
Meanwhile, Paula doesnÕt know who she can trust in Istanbul, and finds herself drawn to two very different men. As time begins to run out, Paula realizes they may all be tied up in the destiny of CybeleÕ s Gift, and she must solve the puzzle before unknown but deadly enemies catch up to her. . . .
Full of romance, danger, magic, and suspense, this is a story to excite the most adventurous spirit.