Russia has allied itself with the Islamic former Soviet Republics and several other Islamic countries. NATO has agreed to provide Israel with military aid. Many ethnic Jews from around the world have enlisted to serve with the NATO peacekeeping force to be sent to Israel, including a British national named John Ahasuerus. He is put in command of a platoon of NATO soldiers stationed in Jerusalem. Their commanding officer gives them a mission: reconnaissance flights over Jordan have been shot down and satellite photos are unavailable, so Ahasuerus and his men are being sent to the border to report on the troops massing in Jordan. As they head for the Dead Sea, the discussion turns from politics to religion to the Apocalypse. When they arrive, their discussion continues and is on his mind when he goes to sleep: in a dream he finds himself in Britain during the dark ages as a young man in search of his destiny at the time of King Arthur; he joins the Quest for the Grail and, after a transforming experience in which he learns much about himself, Ahasuerus awakens back at the coast of the Dead Sea. He takes over the watchprepared, whatever happens, to fulfill what he now understands is his destiny.