Paleontologists Alice and Juan experience life-changing events after discovering a Bird of Paradise fossil. Will it be possible to clone the extinct bird? If successful, the Wintun Indians could once again worship the sacred bird that transports their souls to paradise. Would a greedy Arab Prince upset their plans? The ancient spirit of the Wintun High Priestess Lianaka begins to appear to her grandson, many generations removed, with strange riddles that only he can solve. Alice never could have imagined the life and death struggles that awaited them when the secrets are revealed.