Kit Livingston’s great-grandfather appears to him in a deserted alley
during a tumultuous storm. He reveals an unbelievable story: that the
ley lines throughout Britain are not merely the stuff of legend or the
weekend hobby of deluded cranks, but pathways to other worlds. To those
who know how to use them, they grant the ability to travel the
multi-layered universe of which we ordinarily inhabit only a tiny part.

One explorer knew more than most. Braving every danger, he toured
both time and space on voyages of heroic discovery. Ever on his guard,
and fearful of becoming lost in the cosmos, he developed an intricate
code–a roadmap of symbols–that he tattooed onto his own body. This
Skin Map has since been lost in time. Now the race is on to recover all
the pieces and discover its secrets.

But the Skin Map itself is not the ultimate goal. It is merely the
beginning of a vast and marvelous quest for a prize beyond imagining.

The Bright Empires series–from acclaimed author Stephen Lawhead–is a
unique blending of epic treasure hunt, ancient history, alternate
realities, cutting-edge physics, philosophy, and mystery. The result is a
page-turning, fantastical adventure like no other.