Praise for McDevitt:
‘Splendid. Not since Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama has the discovery of artifacts been treated so skilfully’
‘Nail-biting tension… An incredible and memorable climax… This is what sf should be all about… .The best book I’ve read all year’
‘The big-vision, large-scale novel McDevitt’s readers have been waiting for’
From the Back Cover
In the far, far future, the 20th century is ancient history.
Their archaeologists call us the Roadmakers, and believe us to be a civilization who found mythical significance in tarmac…They argue and conjecture over artefacts like the strange metal cans with the letters 'Pepsi' inscribed on both sides…And when they uncover an ancient book – a copy of Mark Twain’s 'A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur' – they wonder at the values and traditions of our society.
Chaka is obsessed by the lost race of Roadmakers: her brother vanished on an expedition to research them. He went looking for Haven, the sanctuary to which the Roadmakers fled when plague savaged their world. But Haven is a myth, so the scholars say, a tale created by poets. Chaka has other ideas and she sets out with a motley crew of amateur explorers to prove them wrong…