This is the latest magnificent creation from the award-winning
author of "Cryptonomicon and the Baroque Cycle" trilogy. Erasmas,
'Raz', is a young avout living in the Concent, a sanctuary for
mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers. Three times during
history's darkest epochs, violence has invaded and devastated the
cloistered community. Yet the avout have always managed to adapt in
the wake of catastrophe. But they now prepare to open the Concent's
gates to the outside world, in celebration of a once-a-decade rite.
Suddenly, Erasmas finds himself a major player in a drama that will
determine the future of his world - as he sets out on an
extraordinary odyssey that will carry him to the most dangerous,
inhospitable corners of the planet...and beyond.