Keith Stoner returns to Earth after more than a century of exploring the stars, only to find that the world he has come back to does not match the one he left.

     Stonerís Earth was visited by an alien star ship, a sarcophagus bearing the dead and preserved body of its alien builder. Scientist/astronaut Stoner rendezvoused in space with the alien ship and was trapped aboard it, frozen cryogenically until he was eventually returned to Earth and revived. He found that he had acquired alien powers while frozen.

     Eventually, Stoner built a new star ship and left Earth.

     Now he has returned, bearing a terrifying secret that he must tell to the people of Earth.

     But this isnít the Earth he left behind. Its history is different. On this Earth, Dr. Keith Stoner died in a car wreck in 1985.

     Earth is suffering the consequences of disastrous greenhouse flooding. Most nations have been taken over by ultraconservative religion-based governments, such as the New Morality in the United States.

     With population ballooning and resources running out, Earth is heading for nuclear war. Stoner, the star voyager, wants to save Earthís people. But first he must save himself from the frightened and ambitious zealots who want to destroy this stranger Ė and the message he brings from the stars.