This is one of the best science fiction book of all times. The book describes the animosity between religion and science. In the early times, science was not that much promulgated and religion had an upper hand over it. Religious people i.e. the church senates used thier power to hinder the progress of science and maintain thier dominance over them. They used to declare them as criminals and give them death penalties. They once imprisoned the great scientist Galileo as his theory opposed the geocentric model which religion had given. This maliced the scientists and they left Greek and formed the group Illuminati.
Now after a long period, science is under full pace and people have been astonished by the miracles science can do. People are more influenced by science and on the other hand religion has suffered a great debacle. The funds for the religion is decreasing and people are more prepossessed to science.
Meanwhile in a laboratory at CERN, a scientist and his daughter made a destructive weapon out of “no matter” which was called as antimatter . Uptil now science was not able to answer a question “From where did energy originate i.e from where did matter come into existence?” . Religion said it to be a miracle of God . With this invention science would be able to show how something was created from nothing. Definitely, some religious people will remonstrate against it.
Before the invention was publicized, it was stolen by a hired criminal i.e the HASSASIN and the scientist was murdered. On the chest of the victim there was a symmetrical symbol i.e an ambigram which were only known to the Illuminati. This incidence aroused a possibility of the existence of Illuminati which were long before believed to be decimated.
The antimatter was seen on a wirless camera in the city of Rome, where presently the election process of the next pope was going on. Police was not able to locate the antimatter and was busy in search for the four cardinals that had been kidnapped on that day. The search for the timed antimatter bomb and the four cardinals was done with the help of a professor from Harvard and the daughter of the killed scientist. The real thrill is the difficulties and the pernicious situations they face to find the antimatter at the last moment.
The final climax occurs when they come to know that the son of the dead pope had hired the hassassin and hide the canister. The son had deliberately done this act and by pretending to show that God had told him the place where the canister is, he persuades people to worship God. By showing the deadliness of the weapon he showed people how science could completely destroy mankind. But later, the son realizes his mistake and commits a suicide. The story ends by people being in a situation of dilemma of what had actually occurred and the selection of a new pope.