21.12.12 The date is set. Time is running out. Hidden for four centuries, a crystal skull of exquisite beauty has just been found by Stella Cody, who also inherits its legacy of dark secrets, intrigue and murder. Facing an increasingly implacable enemy, Stella and her lover, Kit, struggle to crack the code that hides the skull's intended resting place. Their search takes them from the intellectual rigour of Cambridge University to the untamed wildness of England's prehistoric stone circles. But time is against them, and they have only days - hours - left to uncover the secret that may yet save the world.
Manda Scott first came across the phenomenon of the crystal skulls while studying shamanic dreaming in the early 1980s. Since then she has met with teachers and healers from tribal nations across the world. She has learned that the ancient Maya were astoundingly accurate astronomers, and believes that we should take their prediction that the world will end on 21 December 2012 very seriously indeed. A veterinary surgeon by training, she has also written the bestselling Boudica quartet of novels which are available as Bantam paperbacks.