When a mysterious postcard arrives at the home of renowned illustrator Stephen Biesty, he and the reader are sent on a whirlwind quest around the world with cryptic clues and riddles to solve along the way. When Stephen arrives at each destination building on his journey, he gathers information to help him solve the riddle, drawing the building as it was at a pivotal moment in its history. The quest begins at Sydney Opera House, and leads to an assortment of architectural monoliths, including the Empire State Building, Hagia Sophia, Angkor Wat, and the Colosseum. Readers follow his adventures and crack the clues to discover an incredible Lost City of Gold, in this scrapbook journal-style account of Stephen's travels.
Since becoming a full-time illustrator in 1985, Stephen Biesty has worked on a variety of information books for both adults and children. His first book for DK, the best-selling Stephen Biesty's Incredible Cross-Sections, was published in 1992. That volume was the inspiration for a successful range of cross-section books including Man-of-War, Castle, Incredible Explosions, and Incredible Everything. Using just paper, pen and ink, and watercolor paints, Stephen Biesty never uses a ruler, drawing everything freehand.