When he is 15 years old, Max has a near-death experience during which he has a vision that reveals to him the names of 12 unique individuals. While Max cannot discern the significance of these 12 names, he is unable to shake the sense that they have deep meaning.
Eight years pass before Max meets the first of the 12. With this, Max's voyage of discovery begins, as he strives to uncover the identities and implications of "the twelve" - individuals he will meet during his journey toward truth, all of whom seem connected, and all of whom may hold the answer to what will happen at the exact moment the world may end.
A series of global adventures culminates in a revelation that explains why and how Max and the 12 are destined to unite to discover the magnitude of the meaning of December 21, 2012. Only the 12 can provide the answers, as the fate of all humanity rests in the balance.