Renegade archaeologist, Dr. Ed Carlstrom, the rising “star” of ancient alien shows, makes an astounding discovery in the 4,000 year-old tomb of a mythical Chinese lord.
He and Kelly, Ed’s assistant / lover, find a crystal that appears to be a piece of a three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle.
Unbeknownst to them, their discovery triggers an energy burst that destroys all of the satellites in the Southern Hemisphere and leaves a hole in the Antarctic ice cap two miles deep.
At the bottom of that chasm, a U.S. Special Response team finds a city that been buried under the ice for 10,000 years.
Ed and Kelly are pressured by Dr. Otto Fornish, Ed’s former mentor and now hated rival, to join an A-list team of scientists on a top-secret mission for the U.S. government. They travel to the remote base near the South Pole with the goal of uncovering the secrets that this legendary metropolis is rumored to hold.
Ed learns that there are others interested in this discovery: The Order of Ra. Members of this secret group have been awaiting this moment for hundreds of generations and are preparing to assemble the fabled Crystal Orb in China, unsure what will happen once the puzzle is completed.
Ed and Kelly are drawn into the effort to search the ancient city for the key that will initialize the orb and deliver it to the Assembly. What they don’t know is that Fornish’s ultimate mission is to ensure that, once assembled, the potentially powerful object ends up in American hands.