|| Seeking the immortality promised in an ancient manuscript, The Book of Skulls, four friends, college roommates, go on a spring break trip to Arizona: Eli, the scholar, who found and translated the book; Timothy, scion of an American dynasty, born and bred to lead; Ned, poet and cynic; and Oliver, the brilliant farm boy obsessed with death. Somewhere in the desert lies the House of Skulls, where a mystic brotherhood guards the secret of eternal life. There, the four aspirants will present themselves--and a horrific price will be demanded.For immortality requires sacrifice. Two victims to balance two survivors. One by suicide, one by murder.Now, beneath the gaze of grinning skulls, the terror begins. . . .From the Trade Paperback edition.