Princeton. Good Friday, 1999. On the eve of graduation, two students are a hairsbreadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Famous for its hypnotic power over those who study it, the 500-year-old Hypnerotomachia may finally reveal its secrets to Tom Sullivan, whose father was obsessed with the book, and Paul Harris, whose future depends on it. As the deadline looms, research has stalled, until an ancient diary surfaces.
"Mental chewing gum that loses its flavor"
For decades, December 21, 2012, has been a touchstone for doomsayers worldwide. It is the date, they claim, when the ancient Maya calendar predicts the world will end. In Los Angeles, two weeks before, all is calm. Dr. Gabriel Stanton takes his usual morning bike ride, drops off the dog with his ex-wife, and heads to the lab where he studies incurable prion diseases for the CDC. His first phone call is from a hospital resident who has an urgent case she thinks he needs to see.
"Three stars, but enjoyable"
Princeton student Tom Sullivan is haunted by the violent death of his father, an academic who devoted his life to unlocking an ancient book's secret. With his roommate Paul, Tom discovers a long-lost diary that holds the key to the puzzle. But when a fellow researcher is murdered only hours later, the two friends find themselves in great danger.
Tom, Charlie, Gil und Paul sind Freunde, die in Princeton studieren. Doch plötzlich wird die heile Campus-Welt auf dramatische Weise erschüttert: Ein grausam verstümmelter Hund bildet den Auftakt zu einer Reihe von unerklärlichen Todesfällen.