August Adams has failed his family before. He's sacrificed relationships in pursuit of adventure, fame, and money. Now the very lives of those he loves depend on his ability to decipher a centuries-old puzzle encrypted in the colorful hand-painted illuminations that adorn three rare Gutenberg Bibles.
It's a secret that could yield unimaginable wealth, undermine two major religions, and change the course of Western civilization. Two ruthless, ancient organizations are willing to do anything to get their hands on it. And August has the span of one transatlantic flight to figure it out.
Yesterday was August Adam's birthday.
It didn't go well.
Today is worse. He's being chased, slashed, lied to, knocked out, shot at...and tied up with his ex-wife and young son in the freezing belly of a plane on the way to the bottom of the world.
All because of a very rare book with a secret, a Nazi plan that's been in deep freeze for half a century, and an ancient, power-hungry underground organization with eyes on a holy and possibly deadly prize.
The implications are both global and intensely personal. Because unless August Adams figures it all out soon, no one near him will live to see tomorrow.
Action Comics #1 is the most valuable comic book on the planet and a target for thieves everywhere. When former archeobibliologist August Adams takes a job transporting the multimillion-dollar collectible from a vault in New York to the world’s largest comic book convention in San Diego, he’s completely unaware of the danger that lies ahead. Waiting in the shadows is an obsessive collector with his sights set on stealing August’s rare cargo. What begins as a shell game takes a deadly turn once the collector’s plan kicks into high gear, starting a chain of events that will have lasting and lethal implications for August and his family.