In 2025, antiquities dealer Benjamin Jasher delivers for translation a most unusual artifact inscribed with ancient Sumerian characters to professors William Bedford and Isaac Levinson. Upon further study, the professors realize the document predates any known record ever written by one thousand years. It would be valuable beyond belief, assuming a price could even be attached to it. As the work of translation proceeds, the mysterious account indicates that mankind’s most feared enemy still walks the Earth and has been consolidating his power and marshaling his dark forces for thousands of years. He is the Man of Shadows, and he has only one agenda: to establish a one-world order where he controls the destiny of mankind. Translation of the artifact further reveals a worldwide conspiracy and casts history in a different, darker tone. Now, only Jasher stands between the Man of Shadows and his goal—not because Benjamin is more cunning, but because he has the means to expose his dark adversary for what he is and what he wants: he is the Beast and intents for all to carry his mark.