His Country has forgotten him. The world he loved is gone forever. Dan Dare, pilot of the Future, has retired. His beloved Space Fleet long-disbanded and his friends scattered to the winds, Dare lives far from home in self imposed exile. But in the black depths of space, something ancient and terrible is stirring. A long forgotten enemy is coming back, with an army of demonic beasts and a secret weapon that threatens reality itself. The Mekon of Mekonta as returned. And if the beleaguered citizens of Earth are to survive...they're going to need a hero.