When the archaeologist Howard Carter found the entrance to the child king Tutankhamun's tomb on November 4, 1922, after ten years of painstaking searching, he was lucky. But the discovery also led to global media disputes and nationalist currents in Egypt. The book takes its starting point from the discovery of the pharaoh's tomb and dreams of gold, but it is much more a story about the significance of the find, Egyptian society and Carter's Egyptian colleagues – the women, men and children who have been forgotten. It is the story of Tutankhamun's short life and the long sleep from which he was awakened only when Carter arrived. And about the media-created reality of which Carter and his sponsor, the nobleman Lord Carnarvon, were a part. Finally, the book shows how the find came to shape the Western world's view of Ancient Egypt.