billion people from throughout Earth's history were resurrected
along the great and winding waterways of Riverworld. Most began life
anew--accepting without question the sustenance provided by their
mysterious benefactors. But a rebellious handful burned to confront
the unseen masters who controlled their fate--and these few launched
an invasion that would ultimately yield the mind-boggling truth.
Now Riverworld's omnipotent leaders
have been confronted, and the renegades of Riverworld--led by the
intrepid Sir Richard Francis Burton--control the fantastic mechanism
that once ruled them. But the most awesome challenge lies ahead. For
in the vast corridors and secret rooms of the tower stronghold, an
unknown enemy watches and waits to usurp the usurpers . . .