a place of protection or security; refuge; asylum.
In the book The Ark, Tyler Locke and others are pulled into a race to save all of humanity. After archaeologist Delara Kenner's father goes missing, she is led to Tyler to help her solve the riddle of what her father was working on when he was killed. Finding the Ark of Noah. What ensues is a adventurous, thought provoking ride into archaeological possibilities. Failure means the end of the human race (at least most of it). Success could shake worldwide belief systems if not handled well. Find the book, read the book - you'll enjoy it.
Learn more about the author and his other books (The Vault is also quite good) at http://www.boydmorrison.com/ark.php