Folklore has a long-recorded history that advances the tale that a seventh son born to a seventh son before a daughter arrives will be endowed with the gift of healing and the power of prophecy. William Gist, a seventh son, lived with his wife, Mary, in Chillicothe, Ohio and they were expecting their seventh child in November 1866, having already welcomed six boys into the world. Chillicothians were poised for the birth of the seventh Gist child, wagering whether it would be a boy, or at long last, a girl. Gossip and whispers spread through town like a swarm of locust. Everyone, except one, wondered if the child would be a blessing or a curse. The one who knew the answer was a runaway slave. They called her Mama Jama. She had a Jamaican mother and a slave father and after the Civil War broke out she escaped southern tyranny and the Underground Railroad brought her to Chillicothe. At age forty-three, her only talents were those of a cotton picker, midwife, and a teller of fortunes who used 7 stones to predict the future. Mary Gist had a bursting curiosity about the baby that she carried in her womb and she called upon the fortuneteller to forecast the future, revealing its gender and its destiny. The predictions that Mary sought, however, would prove unsettling-for they were mysterious, haunting, and contained a warning about mankind's future! BRETT STEPHAN BASS is an attorney-at law who began his professional career specializing in corporate litigation and appellate work. Leaving an active legal practice to become a business entrepreneur, he retired at age 50 to study science, art, literature, religion, and philosophy, to travel the world with his wife, Rosalind, to hone his skills as a photographer, and to write extensively about a variety of life experiences. He and his wife reside just outside of New York City.