THE TWELVE is the story of Max's journey - from birth through December 21, 2012, the date that Mayan prophecy predicts the world will end. Readers are drawn deep into Max's life - childhood triumphs; expulsion from Yale; first loves and a broken marriage; as well as careers in publishing and film production, the latter involving travel to the far reaches of the globe. It's also the search for The Twelve, as Max strives to understand his childhood vision and uncover why he is supposed to unite twelve very different people. Ultimately, it comes down to one date, one location, and one mission, as the fate of humanity rests in the balance. In this extraordinary and unforgettable novel, William Gladstone, a successful businessman educated at Yale and Harvard, draws on ma ny of his own life experiences to create this dramatic story.