An odd young man is smitten by an antique store clerk. During one of his awkward attempts at wooing her, the young man comes across a book on the 1915 San Francisco Pan-Pacific Exposition that will overturn his notion of reality and inspire him to join forces with a secret organization hell-bent on proving that the sun is not a star.
Three members of a secret organization sit in a Calcutta bar and discuss an ancient codex they have recently purloined from a Tibetan monastery. They know that the key to unlocking the knowledge contained within the codex is a young Mormon who has been spirited away to the Rason-Marinetti Oil Platform to analyze the validity of what just might be Siberian seer stones.
Jared Petrarch, a fine young man and an upstanding Christian, dies on the way home from a church dance. This story takes a look at the subtle but profound effects his existence has had on the lives of others.
The American-owned, Liberian-incorporated SCOVAL Corporation attempts to negotiate the release of its employees from their North Korean kidnappers after a deal regarding the repurposing of the Rason-Marinetti Oil Platform goes bad.