Mars as old, tried, and steeped in every evil of a dying world. There, to the sinful cities of the low canals, came Eric John Stark, adventurer, roisterer, and outlaw from Earth. Among then-wasted ruins of the deserts, the tribes were losing something beyond their utmost dreams of loot and ravage. To such peril, inevitably, Stark was drawn. Who else could bear the talisman? What other war leader could the false messiah of the tribes summons? But Eric John Stark was more than he seemed - more, in fact, than he knew.