He longs for something to happen to give his life meaning. His mentor speaks of revolution; but Hobarsson knows he's left out. Now a telepathic voice gives Hobarsson the type of orders he has always wanted to hear. To arms! But... Disaster! Chaos follows as Hobarsson 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, a 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.