A gripping story of political idealism and power struggles after the holocaust of the Great Death.
The life or death battles of a re-born world, an elemental world—a world in which the keynote is survival.
The scene is Britain, over five years after the Great Death which has killed all but a tiny percentage of the population. Throughout the country small groups of survivors are banding together, forming communities, painfully re-learning long-forgotten but essential skills and crafts. The largest of these groups is the authoritarian National Unity Force, whose self-styled President, Arthur Wormley, now lives like a king in Windsor Castle with his scheming and ambitious ‘queen’, Sarah Boyer.
But there are other groups organized on different lines—groups like the ‘Rat-Pack’, who live in the London Underground; the primitive capitalist community in the north whose leader is known simply as ‘The Trader’; and the ‘Red Dragons’, who mount guerrilla-type operations to prevent the NUF from spreading its power into Wales,
The novel centres on Peter Grant after the shooting of his mother, Abby. It deals with his successful career in President Wormley’s army, the political intrigues which abound at ‘Court’, his ultimate disillusionment with the system and defection to the Red Dragons who claim to be creating a different type of society