Thousands of years ago, the Persian king Xerxes the Great
was said to have raided the Treasury at Delphi, carrying away two solid gold
pillars as tribute. In 1800, Napoleon Bonaparte and his army stumbled across
the pillars in the Pennine Alps. Unable to transport them, Napoleon created a
map on the labels of twelve bottles of rare wine. When he died, the bottles
Sam and Remi Fargo are exploring the Great Pocomoke Swamp in Delaware when they
are shocked to discover a World War II German u-boat. Inside, they find a
bottle taken from Napoleon’s “lost cellar.” Fascinated, the Fargos set out to
find the rest of the collection. But someone else has been looking for
the bottle they’ve just found. He is Hadeon Bondaruk—a half-Russian,
half-Persian millionaire. He claims to be a descendant of King Xerxes himself.
And he wants his treasure back.
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