Under the sterling leadership of a national space hero, cadet Jack Loftus is given the opportunity to probe the Interstellar depths and contact the infinitely old creatures of that region. The hero and his crew disappear in the ""Coal Sack"" of the stars but they are rescued by Jack with the help of Hesperus, one of the creatures with whom the young cadet draws up a peace treaty. The United Nations is suspicious of Jack's evidence, but a written document received from the bedside of the national hero and the appearance of Hesperus himself verifies it to the satisfaction of all. The story alone can hardly be recommended as a good science fiction -- but the incredible distortions of history and psychology encased in a smooth down-to-earth logic and lacked into the action seem totally unforgivable. For instance, the celibate rule for cadets is based on the ""outcome of the revolution in education"". The material imbedded in the ""subconscious"" can be reached only through ""stereotaxic surgery"". "" with me, or I'll kill us both"" is the underlying meaning of Patrick Henry's ""Give me liberty or give me death"". A dubious choice on any level.