Its destination is escape reading, with elements taken from three of the most popular forms of fanciful relaxation-- science fiction, the western, the situation comedy. Pete Mason's home was the Asteroid Belt, where only the space miners lived. The space miners were a wild, woolly group, rough and tough in their speech, and even with the formation of the Mining Brotherhood they were still harassed by outlaws. When his father was injured, Pete had to carry on. He did strike a valuable deposit but his claim was jumped by Homer Deeds, who had been the trusted relative of the fatherless Barry family. While Jane Barry and Pete were scurrying out in space to escape from Homer, they took refuge in a mysterious old space ship which they found abandoned, and were joined there by Jane's mother (a prototype of the muddle-headed suburbanite) her younger sisters and a space-suited cat. The space ship, with its sick cybernetic brain and its construction from a mineral with unknown properties, is an intriguing aspect of this story in which the other elements don't come any nearer to infinity than the tv set.