The atmosphere of Mormyr is so dense and turbulent that the surface is unreachable by any conventional means - which apparently made it the ideal place for the enigmatic Gallacellans to abandon a spaceship in the distant past. Now they want it back, and have approached Titus Charlot to enlist his help. Grainger believes the task is much too dangerous, but the Hooded Swan must answer a mayday call, which turns out to be a trap set by a madman who wants to salvage the abandoned ship - and will stop at nothing to achieve that end.
Once again, Grainger has no choice, but this time, the price of success is his liberation from Charlot. Failure, however, means certain death, not just for himself, but for the inhabitants of an entire planet. And then the Gallacellans appear....
©1974 Brian Stableford (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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