Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the modern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major advertisement — the unearthing of a discovery that “ will change the face of wisdom ever. ” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty- time-old billionaire and visionary whose glowing high- tech inventions and audacious prognostications have made him a famed global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first scholars at Harvard two decades before, is about to reveal an astonishing advance... one that will answer two of the abecedarian questions of mortal actuality. As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves charmed by an hugely original donation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the strictly orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the point of being lost ever. Reeling and facing an imminent trouble, Langdon is forced into a hopeless shot to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant gallery director who worked with Kirsch to carry the instigative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a dangerous hunt to detect a cryptic word that will unleash Kirsch’s secret. Navigating the dark corridors of retired history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must shirk a tortured adversary whose all- knowing power seems to radiate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself... and who'll stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by ultramodern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover suggestions that eventually bring them face- to- face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery... and the stirring verity that has long escaped us. Origin is Dan Brown’s most brilliant and amusing novel to date.