Benjamin Franklin Gates is a descendant of treasure hunters and learns from his grandfather about the national treasure. It is hidden somewhere within the country, and the clue that leads to it is cyphered. Benjamin's father hates treasure hunting. He lost twenty years trying to find the treasure. The plot twists when Ian, Ben's accomplice decides to take the 'Declaration of Independence. Ian and Ben reject Ian's plans, which leads to them becoming hostile. FBI refused to believe Ben when he tipped them about possible theft. Ben decides to take the "Declaration of Independence" to keep Ian safe. When he steals the document, Ben encounters Abigail Chase (curator of archives). The rest of the story is about Ben and Riley, Abigail and how they decrypt the clues to rescue the national treasure.