A masterly tale of political deception from the most significant
writer of SF in the 20th century. World War III is raging - or
so the millions of people crammed in their underground tanks
believe. For fiteen years, subterranean humanity has been fed on
daily broadcasts of a never-ending nuclear destruction, sustained
by a belief in the all powerful Protector. Now someone has gone to
the surface and found no destruction, no war. The authorities have
been telling a massive lie. Now the search begins to find out why.