Cotton Malone has retired from an elite and secret U.S intelligence agency and is looking forward to a quiet life as bookshop owner in Copenhagen. Wrong! Cotton is visited by his ex-wife and learns their son has been kidnapped by a group who wants knowledge only Cotton knows. The story unfolds as Cotton, his mentor Henrik, his former boss and ex search for the lost manuscripts of The Alexandria Library. Cotton and his team are in a race with The Order of the Golden Fleece, a group of wealthy power brokers who want the Library to foment political unrest in order to profit. This book is fast paced, easy reading, full of cliches and formulaic but fun escapism.