Dr. Alice Cameron is a famous scientist - an archeoastronomer -devoted to studying ancient Mayan culture.
The era driving her career has alwaysbeen the end of the Mayan baktun, so she's on the Yucatan Peninsula inDecember 2012 with her daughter Nixie...and so are fellow serious scholars,plenty of end-of-the-world crazies, and - at an international summit- the President of the United States and other heads of state.
When Nixiedisappears into the past in the Mayan jungle, rationality and mysticism, thepresent and the past start merging.
Meanwhile, Alice is drawn into themachinations of statecraft by an old friend.
A savvy scientist, a handsome dreadlocked time-traveler, an ancient shaman,a noble Mayan couple, a computer nerd, and an 11-year old traverse the past andpresent in a search for the meaning of life and a way to save twoworlds.