Women archaeologists--United States--Fiction; Indians of North America--Funeral customs and rites--Fiction; Mounds--United States--Fiction
Mathilda (Matt) Howard can't resist a good mystery. So when one falls into her hands, she relentlessly pieces the clues together to figure out the answer. It all starts with a forgotten coin that Matt finds in her old excavating backpack. But when she takes it to a colleague, it's instantly branded a fake from one of the greatest hoaxes ever to occur in America. Undeterred by the skepticism, Matt begins to dig for the truth, leading her to ancient ruins in Illinois and Michigan. But just as she makes some headway in her research, she is stopped again and again by those who don't want the truth out--a truth that could change the entire world's history.