The book opens with the main character having a deep philosophical discussion whilst making love to his mother who has assumed the form of an ape, beside a gently rolling pink sea. From there it gets stranger.
The story is about the decadence and vacuousness of human society at the very end of time - which is just a series of social gatherings where each character tries to out-do the last by reshaping space and matter to various themed parties. In this environment the main character is the last naturally conceived human being who is in search of something more meaningful and fulfilling.
It is a very witty comedy of manners and errors as a prude woman from the Victorian era finds herself catapulted into the future where morality and moral values are significantly different from what she is used to. She is unable to understand the behaviour of those around her, and they find her equally peculiar and quaint. Jared immediately falls in love and desires her though he does not understand her, and pursues her through the future landscape only to find his advances foiled and obstructed by the desolate little alien Yusharisp who announces the universe is about to end, the mysterious Lord Jagged of Canaria with his Machiavellian schemes,, and a collection of other surreal characters like Mongrove the Giant, the Duke of Queens, The Iron Orchid.
This is a fantastically weird little novel set in a future that seems fantastically magical because man has learned to totally master the elements and can mould the cosmos to his own aesthetic ends. There is little understanding or true emotion. Everything is shallow and without true purpose. There is no death, no disease, only the stream of themed parties and grandstanding characters trying to out-do each other.