Treasure - Study Guide Chapters 11 through 13 Summary & Analysis

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Chapters 11 through 13 Summary

Julius Schiller, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, is playing poker with four men. Soviet Deputy Chief of Mission Aleksey Korolenko, Special Assistant to the President Dale Nichols, Senator George Pitt and Soviet Embassy's Special Advisor on American Affiars Dale Vyhousky are on Schiller's yacht when Schiller is called to the phone. He returns with the news that the plane with the VIPs, including Hala Kamil, has gone down. The five talk about the state of affairs in Mexico and Egypt, and what would happen if Hala Kamil were among those killed in the crash. It's Nichols who says that the United States will not interfere with a Middle Eastern situation for the sake of oil, but will do home exploration and look to Mexico.

Guy Rivas speaks Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, and it's that skill that lands him the assignment to meet with the Mexican messiah, Topiltzin, at the ancient Aztec ruins of Tula. Topiltzin tells Rivas that his plan is to create a new society. He demands the return of California, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico to the Mexican people, says that only natives will be allowed to remain within the country and that he plans to sacrifice corrupt officials, government and army leaders. When Rivas says the President will never agree to such "absurd demands," he's sacrificed on an alter in the ruins.

Meanwhile in Greenland, officials arrive to investigate the plane wreck and take away the bodies. Dirk makes a hike to the Archaeologists' village, almost becoming lost in a sudden snow storm. He finds Lily working on the dig and abruptly asks if they've found anything out of the ordinary. She hedges but eventually admits that they've found a Roman coin, then he tells her about the amphoras he's seen scattered along the ocean's bottom near the fjord. Lily says that it's strange that there are no stories of the Romans making such a trip. Dirk says that could be as they never made it home.

Chapters 11 through 13 Analysis

The men who play poker together seem to be more than acquaintances though "friends" might be a stretch. All are involved in American or Soviet politics, and their relationship includes poker but also includes sharing of information regarding policy. It seems that the information that the US won't interfere with Middle Eastern affairs is "leaked" on purpose. It is likely the US President initiated the sharing of that information.

The subplot is introduced here with the mention of the US dependence on foreign oil producers. There will be a rush throughout the story for the US to stay in good graces with the various political leaders who control the world's oil supply. The US officials will carefully watch the two men who are trying to overtake the Mexican and Egyptian governments. The men will later be identified as brothers with their families pulling the strings on their quest for power.

Topiltzin is one of those men. He is working the people of his own nation into a frenzy, promising a better life if they follow him. It's noteworthy that his followers are not the rich, the elite or the politically connected who are usually sought by those on a quest for power. Instead, he's calling out for those who are poor, defeated and hungry. His promises are enough to keep them loyal for the moment.

The reader has the advantage of knowing that Dirk's supposition is correct with regard to the Romans who never made it home to tell their tale. It's unclear at this point whether Dirk simply wants the archaeologists to make this important historical connection or if he's so taken with Lily that he's willing to share information that he probably should keep to himself. As it will later turn out, Dirk simply wants to be embroiled in the next challenge. He sees the possibility of an undiscovered shipwreck as that challenge.

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