Hobarsson longs for something to happen to give his life meaning. His uncle, the king-in-exile, plans revolution; but Hobarsson feels left out. Now a telepathic voice gives Hobarsson the type of orders he has always wanted to hear. But... Disaster! Chaos follows as he breaks free from his former life to journey with a fugitive alien - and the mysterious Mrs Grange - into perilous confrontations. More
The inhabitants of the generation-ship Skydale are disappointed to find at the end of their long journey a deadly world. Extreme temperatures, clouds of sulphuric acid: the planet is uninhabitable. Nonetheless, Skydale is kept in orbit around this world, and plans are made.
Over the next two thousand years the intrepid travellers turn this hell-world into a green-world - and make it their new home.
More than 800 years after Skydale is finally abandoned in favour of the resurrected planet, a unique meeting takes place in a secluded mining town. One telepath - Hobarsson, the detective - encounters another telepath in violent circumstances. Chased by both an agent of the law and a self-appointed assassin, the fugitives begin a journey in which they discover the truth about how the world was made - and what had really become of the people of Skydale.