This film is the story of the 200-year struggle to unlock the secrets of the hieroglyphs of the ancient Mayans. Based on archaeologist Michael Coe's book, and filmed in 9 countries, this amazing detective story is filled with false leads, rivalries and colliding personalities. It takes us from the jungles of Guatemala to the bitter cold of Russia, from ancient Maya temples to the dusty libraries of Dresden and Madrid. The heroes of the story are an extraordinary and diverse group of men and women. The deciphered texts reveal an epic history of alliances and betrayals, powerful rulers, brilliant generals and sophisticated artist-scribes.