Getting on in years, annoyed that he's not trusted, detective Hobarsson gets fooled into releasing an imprisoned alien. He and his unwilling extraterrestrial ally, now fugitives, travel across the face of the planet Eyros to find answers to questions that explain the very nature of why the world is stuck in its technological limbo. Sleeping forces awaken to stop them. 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.