Melissa Warrender is trying to solve the strange death of her father, an art-gallery owner. A specialist in 17th and 18th century European paintings, Melissa knows little of the Egyptian artifacts her father loved and even less about the business of acquiring them. Melissa receives an unexplainable phone call which may or may not have come from her late father directing her to retrieve a mysterious file hidden in Cairo. What Melissa does not realize is that she is not only a prime suspect of a special task force set up to stop antiquities smuggling, but a target of her father’s chief rival.
David El-Baradi is a professor of Egyptology in London, in Cairo on sabbatical to help the task force. Unexpectedly, he must masquerade as a taxi driver who befriends Melissa and is surprised to find himself attracted to her. David cannot reveal his true identity, though, especially when they learn that the mysterious file might lead to an unimaginable treasure. As the pair lurch across Egypt, unaided by the compromised task force and ruthlessly sought by the murderous son of Warrender’s chief rival, they try to decipher the cryptic clues of THE EGYPTIAN FILE.