Inspired by the writings of Plato 12,000 years in the past On two primeval sister planets, two magnificent civilizations hurtle towards their cataclysmic destinies. Poseidon and Athens Ra are the two rival brothers who govern them. They possess advanced technos and all-too-human passions. Are they gods or are they men? Level-headed Terresian explorer and scientist Poseidon Ra commands an expedition to Erthe where a routine genetic protocol on the aboriginal population has unexpectedly triggered a staggering leap in human evolution. He quickly realizes that hes traveled 940 million miles across the solar system only to fall in love with a planet and its exceptionally advanced, exquisite native daughter. Sensualist and bad boy Athens Ra has been tasked with governing the mining colony of Marsa life-sustaining mission crucial to the survival of the home world. The drilling spawns riches beyond imagining and enemies that are the stuff of nightmares. One brother discovers a love that will change the course of history; the other finds monsters, madness, and death.