In cities around the world, flash-mobs made up of an army of angry, rootless kids with nothing to lose riot in what they call “pre-celebrations” of the up-coming concert of Twisted Messiah.
Twisted Messiah is an international rock group with nihilistic neo-Nazi overtones, and has made clear its intention to lead this army. Pundits see this as a potential worldwide "Non-governmental Political Force," a boundless rabble of the alienated ready to regroup as a cult.
500,000 of these kids will attend the live concert at an abandoned air base near Berlin. The concert will be simulcast around the world—an event that journalists will later refer to as a “Nuremberg Rally on steroids updated to today’s mindset and technologies.” Lead singer, Jesse Cripes, costumed at first as a Jesus look-alike, then after the intermission in Nazi regalia, introduces the “New Cross” movement.
In Washington, a pair of messages arrive within minutes. The first offers Greg Tapscott “the truth about your uncle, Paul Tapscott, who was alleged to have been killed in action in France in June, 1944.” Paul was an OSS agent, and in the decades since, the family has been convinced of a long-term cover-up by the OSS, and its successor, CIA.
The second message, from a journalist friend, tells Greg that he is “a butterfly about to set off a storm that spreads around the world” and implies that there is a link between what his uncle turned up back then and what the Twisted Messiah inner cadre is seeking now.
In the old French port of La Rochelle, once the main Atlantic port of the Knights Templar, Greg hears that Paul was sent there to be sacrificed on a “disinformation” mission at the time of D-Day. But it seems that Paul surprised both the Germans and his American handlers by uncovering what was “perhaps the most powerful force or weapon ever known. Or perhaps even the Holy Grail, which is a coded reference to the highest human potential.”
In Oxford, a professor who had been a consultant to the OSS during the post-war search for German technologies, breaks his long silence. Paul may have uncovered the deeper secret the occultists within Nazism had been seeking: "the elusive key to tapping a supposed power within the human mind that can direct and focus energies from other dimensions. Today’s scientific findings, particularly in quantum physics, are revealing that our world is far different, more wonderful and mysterious than we realize, and I have long suspected that what your uncle turned up is a crucial tool for understanding what our human capabilities are within that wider, more wondrous reality.”
In London, a man flashing apparent CIA credentials advises Greg to back off his search for information on his uncle, implying that the “chatter” picked up from a “certain terrorist group” (evidently Twisted Messiah/New Cross), indicates they are also on the trail of Paul Tapscott and what he turned up . . . and on Greg’s trail, as well.