After having agreed to help Liz Johnson and the NSA, Jack Hunter is transported to the U.S. Air Force Base in Incirlik, Turkey for a face-to-face meeting with Liz. Upon his arrival, Liz informs him that the NSA is competing with the Russian mafia to get the Star of Heaven €" the piece could be a great weapon and/or a great energy source. Liz tells him that Schaeffer has an archeological dig in Egypt being spearheaded by INGA HALSTROM (30s, beautiful, and smart), and someone from Jacks past.
Inga has discovered an obelisk that contains Ugartic symbols, and will require Jack and Nadias help to decipher it. The symbols may lead to Akhenatons tomb, the pharaoh who raided Ugarit, stole its treasure and the second piece of the Star of Heaven. If they find the tomb, they will find the treasure and the Star.
In Egypt, Inga argues with DR. SAID, the head of the Ministry of Archeology and Antiquities for Egypt, when a strange fog envelops their camp. The fog, containing a hallucenogen, is followed by the arrival of thugs wearing ancient Egyptian head ornamenets, who frighten the Egyptian workers, and destroy the campsite.
Jack, Nadia and Tariq arrive in Egypt. Inga tries to rekindle the romance with Jack who is not interested. Nadia bristles. EYHAB (Saids squirly colleague) takes the foursome to view the obelisk, where Jack, utilizing fancy electronics and knowledge, deciphers the symbols €" the obelisk is a decryption device which will point to the location of the Akhentons tomb. As the foursome complete their work, they are assaulted by a group of men seemingly gaining entry into the compound by taking Eyhab hostage. Eyhab is in on it with them.
The foursome escape with the obelisk, and Eyhab frames them with stealing the obelisk and endangering peoples lives. On the run, and needing to stay off the grid due to Egyptian authorities looking to find them, they board a vessel arranged by Inga to take them to their first destination €" El Arman.
Nadia grows more and more suspicious with Jack as he keeps taking calls away from the group (from Liz). On the boat she flirts with the captain, much to Jacks chagrin, when their ship is attacked by, what looks like terrorist bent on boarding the boat. The captain manages to escape from them, drop our foursome off at a river bank and proceed without them, making the terrorist think that theyre still on the boat.
Once on safe ground, Nadia reveals to Jack that she doesnt trust Inga, and that she doesnt trust him. Jack rebuffs her intuition. The foursome take refuge in an abandoned building and sleep.
The next morning, a nomad leads the group to the first location, an ancient tower where Jack is able to fit the obelisk into a groove and in so doing, discover the next location €" a mountain in the Valley of Death.
Walking down a road, the foursome stop a truck and request a ride and passage. While on the truck, they are attacked by a group of gunmen riding jeeps, they manage to escape €" though they land in the hands of COLONEL MUSTAPHA (40s, handsome) a West Point educated man who operated the police department in the area. After hearing what the foursome are up to, he makes a deal with them. He will take Jack, and leave the other three in jail. They will retrieve the treasure so that he, Mustapha, can be rewarded with a post back in civilization.
Suspicion grows with Inga, and Jack. Nadia doesnt know who to trust. The next morning, Jack and Mustapha leave to go to retrieve the next clue. On top of the mountain, Jack triangulates the next location €" a group of caves €" though he tells Mustapha its another location.
Jack, Mustapha and his men, are attacked by the group of terrorists who have been chasing Jack. The group are Midian Soldiers belonging to a secret sect intent on keeping Akhenatons legacy intact and that includes not divulging the location of his tomb. In the melee, Jack renders Mustapha unconscious and takes a Jeep, the obelisk, and heads back to Mustaphas police station to free Nadia, Inga and Tariq.
When he arrives, he finds that the guards have been bound and gagged. As he pushes into the station further, he finds Littman, his men, and Inga holding Nadia and Tariq hostage.
Littman forces Jack to take them to the final location of the tomb, and he drags the group with him.
When the group gets to the last desnitation, they enter a chamber where they discover that there is no treasure or the second piece of the eye. The only thing there was a crude statement in Latin, embedded over the hyrogliphs €For the Glory of Rome.€ With this, Littman discerns that the Romans had looted the tomb, taken its contents and left.
Littman seals Nadia, Jack and Tariq in the chamber and leaves. Tariq sits on the ground to contemplate his life, inadvertently pressing on a lever which opens a secret door leading into the real tomb of Akhenaton. Though the treasure and the Eye of the Star are not there, Ugaritic artwork is found.
Littman, Inga and his goons reappear at the hand of Captain Mustapha who have forced them to show him the chamber.
Jack opens Akhenatons sarcophagus, and find the mummys eyes are covered with two Roman coins. The Midian Soldiers, having tracked the group, also make it to the chamber where a battle ensues.
Littman manages to escape with Inga, while Jack, Nadia and Tariq are exonerated €" Said found out that the Midian Soldiers were accountable for the incident, and not them. Said bids farewell to our group.
Back in his office, Said is visited by Littman and Inga whom come bearing a suitcase full of cash. Said is able to arrange safe passage out of Egypt for both of them.