After celebrating her fortieth birthday, Rani Bijan is drawn to the desert and the lifestyle of the mysterious Hopi Indians living in the cliffs of Northeastern Arizona just like their ancestors did. Her mother had fled her birth country of Iran after the brutal murder of Ranis father during the Revolution of 1978. They settled in the high desert of Albuquerque, New Mexico, which was strikingly similar to their Iranian homeland. Rani leaves Albuquerque to work at the United Nations after graduation from the University of New Mexico, but childhood memories of her father and ancient stone tablets smuggled from Iran pull Rani back to the desert where she is tangled in a web of mystery, danger, and intrigue surrounding the death of a transient somehow connected to the prophecies and the stone she carries with her to the desert. Complicating the situation is her attraction to FBI agent Josh Overton that begins to break down the protective wall Rani has built to deal with her childhood trauma. As the wall crumbles, the mystery is solved, and Rani finally understands the prophecies from her faith and their interconnection to the larger global community of faith.