'Forty years after his starship escapes from an apocalyptic Earth, Commander Albert Raft and his crew return to a much younger and violent Earth society that wants to embrace Raft as a god because of his telepathic powers.'
Source: Publisher's blurb (Avon reprint).
Epigraph: The Truth about History:
'Nearer and nearer draws the time, the time that shall surely be, / When the earth shall be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea.' -- From a hymn by A.C. Ainger
'If I had been present at the creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better arrangement of the Universe.' -- Attr. to Alfonso the Wise, King of Castile
'Great men are almost always bad men.' -- Lord Acton: Historical Essays and Studies