When seventeen-year-old archaeology fanatic Stephie finds a valuable 17th century Vatican coin dumped in the rubble of her family’s junkyard, she thinks she’s finally found her ticket out of the scrap heap. Buried under the crushing debt of her late mom's unpaid medical bills, and terrified by her father’s debilitating depression, Stephie believes the small sum the coin would fetch will ease her broken family’s problems.
When seventeen year old Stephie finds a valuable 17th Vatican coin dumped in her family's junkyard, the archaeology fanatic thinks she's finally found her ticket out of the scrap heap. Buried under crushing debt, terrified of her father's debilitating depression, Stephie believes this small treasure could ease her broken family's problems.
She’s sorely mistaken.
A ruthless black market kingpin also wants the coin—and he wants it badly enough to kill Stephie to get it.
Moments from being gunned down by his hired mercenaries, Stephie is rescued by a wily old smuggler and her hot, but eccentric grandson. They tell her the truth about the coin: It’s not just a historical artifact. It’s a clue to the location of Paititi, the hiding place of the last Inca gold. And if they can find it without dying, they’ll gladly split the fortune with her.
To clear her dad’s debts, Stephie will have to solve centuries’ old Vatican mysteries, outsmart cartels in the jungles of Peru and survive the icy mountains of Tibet; all while being hunted by a lethal private army. With nobody else to look out for her dad’s deteriorating health if she dies, Stephie must decide whether a chance to see him smile again is worth both their lives.
Man this takes me back to Indiana Jones. I love the concept, the theme and the setup. It's a very, very refreshing relief to have this back in the genre pool again. Only suggestion I've written above. The hook seemed to be really pushing the run-on limit there, lol. I hope it helps.