Here at last is a different science-fiction story. Imagine a space ark launched from the Earth seeking another star system. The space ark is in transit for over 1,000 years, during which time the several thousand occupants are permanently imprisoned. What will be the sociological and other effects on these travelers? How will they live? What are the implications of time and isolation on their behavior, their lives, their thoughts, and their beliefs? Clifford D. Simak has painted a most daring yet logical picture of this situation. It is one of those rare stories that will start you thinking, and that you will remember.