I think I’m really, really close. Thank you to Rene for her question — I think this one is even stronger.
Called “Ruin” because he destroyed his entire civilization, the Gatekeeper is sworn to kill anyone who tampers with the Bloodgates – portals to the mystical realms of the Maya gods. When Dr. Jaid Merritt’s partial translation of a codex accidentally sends her father to Xibalba through one of these Gates and releases demons from the Maya hell, the “Un-Indiana Jones” is forced to face her fears and travel to Guatemala on her first dig in twenty years. To save her father, she must survive the Gatekeeper’s wrath and help Ruin reclaim — and relock — the Bloodgates before the bowels of Xibalba empty into our world.
Aside, Kait asked about whether I should be using “Mayan” or “Maya.” According to my references, “Mayan is used to refer to the language; otherwise, the adjective or noun Maya is used. Mesoamericans today speak many languages (not “dialects,” as they are often called erronenously), as did their Precolumbian predecessors.” From An Illustrated Dictionary of The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya.
If you’re interested, other research books I used for this project include:
The Ancient Maya
The Code of Kings
The Blood of Kings
Reading the Maya Glyphs