The story begins in the year 3000, in the aftermath of a nuclear war that has decimated our world. The Earth has died but a few orphaned children who have escaped the cataclysm find their way to the stars and immortality. The woman Linemarie belongs to the first generation of these transcendent citizens of the future, and she returns to Earth to study and explore her ancestral heritage.
Andre Schwarz-Bart was born in Metz. Under the Vichy regime, he served with the Resistance and was imprisoned, but escaped. His first book, The Last of the Just, won the Prix Goncourt in 1959. He won the Jerusalem prize in 1967. Julie Roses acclaimed translations include Victor Hugos Les Miserables and Racines Phedre. She is a recipient of the PEN Medallion for Translation.