Lying dormant in the Egyptian desert beneath seventeen centuries of sand, a fabled papyrus awaited its discovery: The Gospel of Judas! And the message it held risked rocking Christianity to its core, as it revealed that Judas, far from betraying Christ, fulfilled his destiny. But a strange fate awaited the discovery of this codex. Brought to light in the 1970s, following a sequence of mysterious events, it became the property of a Cairo jeweller, was stolen by burglars, resurfaced thanks to a hugely wealthy Greek antique dealer before going through sixteen years of purgatory in the coffers of a New York bank. Delving into the heart of the international art market, this is the story of the incredible tribulations behind this work, with the kind of meticulous investigation that would be at home in the finest detective novel. Over the course of time, with an priceless manuscript which deteriorates slightly with each step, threatening its very existence.