Dr. Richard Stedman, young highly regarded Theoretical Physicist from U.S.C., Berkeley, has been in a state of deep depression for nearly a month. His spirit is exhausted. His constant companions are debilitating migraine headaches, accompanied by frightful dreams, with shadowy figures beckoning him into the unknown.
For months, Dr. Stedman has carried the burden of possessing an awesome scientific secret. A secret so startling, it has the potential for paving the way for a New Scientific and Social Age. He has made the astounding discovery of the ages. What Dr. Stedman has discovered is 'TOE,' the Theory of Everything in the Universe. He has successfully integrated all of the known forces of matter, including Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, into one simple, elegant formula that would fit on the front of a T-shirt, as predicted by the great physicists of the twentieth century. He has nearly completed writing his findings for publication in the prestigious journal Science when his father dies unexpectedly, at the family farm in Greencastle, Indiana. He is now the sole heir to the 700-acre farm, and Executor for the family estate, publishing his discovery must be delayed.
By happenstance, [perhaps] he is drawn into a tight cable of dreamers. Dr. Jessica Harrington, beautiful, young, gifted microbiologist, is very close to discovering a vaccine for the AIDS virus. Dr. Stanley Davis, a black Sociologist and childhood friend of Dr. Stedman, sees himself as a visionary for the New Age of Aquarius. He has nearly completed a lengthy manuscript addressing the relevancy of Science, Religion, Technology, and the woeful state of the nation's inner-city schools. He seeks reforms through national debates, as we enter the new millennium. It is his dream that his book will become a national best seller. And there is Reverend Donovan, whose faith is being sorely buffeted by the winds of social change and scientific discoveries threatening the old paradigms of theology. Dr. Stedman will not have long to wait to become embroiled in the debate.
One evening, while walking through a wooded meadow of the Stedman farm, Dr. Stedman has a mind bending alien encounter. One that attacks the boundaries of human imagination and sense of reality. He is forced to make Faustian choices directly affecting the course of the new millennium. Will mankind cast its lot with the scientific and technological knowledge potential of Dr. Stedman's new discovery? The secret known only to the Gods. Or will mankind continue to stumble into the next century carrying with it the old baggage of social, religious, and educational decay. Only Dr. Stedman, out of some six billion people on earth knows the outcome.