Gwydion is a boy on the verge of manhood who knows nothing of 9/11. But in 2084, the psychic shockwaves of the event that once shook the world are still felt in his village — all that is left of Wales. Gwydion's mental powers bring him to the attention of the planet's remaining politicians, desperate for a way to escape the failing Earth. But in a world that has lost track of its history, Gwidion is determined to find out the truth about his past. His efforts to answer his own questions propel him from his sheltered rural community, via the mysterious Soma Academy in Madrid, to a new life in the outer reaches of the galaxt.