On 5 September 1469 NGE the stars in the sky Terranias are extinguished. The entire Sol system was wrapped in an energy field and presumably moved to another location. Unexplained mainframe power failures, NATHAN, and LAOTSE unresponsive and only have to reconfigure. All transmitter connections to other systems break down, and the transfer chimneys Polyport station Galileo are extinguished. But these are not the only bad news with which the first Terran Henrike Ybarri and the Terran resident Reginald Bull must deal. The displacement of the sol system was connected with space quakes, attacks that lead to fatigue in humans. Many people also suffer from a temporary memory loss and cognitive problems. In a completely unpredictable manner matter dissolves into nothingness - the so-called Nirvana phenomenon. In addition, effects that are known as gravofission and gravoerratic. These are localized gravity variations, sometimes hanging items as though frozen in mid-air. Rock debris from the Kuiper belt and the Oort cloud start raining down on the planet. Not all debris can be trapped in time by the spaceships of the LFT-fleet, and so there is to heavy destructions in Terrania City.
The journalist living in Terrania, Shamsur Routh, Henrike Ybarri's former husband, finds himself in a changed world again. He sets out to search for his and Ybarri's daughter, Anicée. She has disappeared and does not answer. Her trail leads to Hamburg, where she and her friend Auris Bugenhagen listen to the pronouncements of Augurs together. The Augurs have been living for some time on Terra. No one seems to know anything about these humanoid beings. They seem hermaphroditic and are without identity, sometimes white and sometimes like shimmering mother of pearl faces, in which especially the golden eyes with slit pupils, and the constant smile stand out. They conduct their strange sermons always with a song which they play on their musical instruments, the Phenuben. Especially young people are fascinated by their speeches. It seems as if they were suggestive influences. Routh attends such an event on the Reeperbahn. The Augur Stradnaver speaks of a time shift that will lead to the early "reformatting" of humanity. There are only a few trials deal with, then the goal is reached - freedom. On the 8 September so he announces, the great Augur Stradhaird will hold a crucial speech in Terrania.
Before Routh returns to Terrania he follows Stradnaver to a seven-story pagoda tent on the grounds of the cemetery Ohlsdorfer in Hamburg. In this building, the Gnauplon, there seems to be more Augurs. Routh sends a spy probe into it, which, though not destroyed immediately, but still can not send a picture. The torso of a fresh human corpse is seen. Are the Augurs thus ghouls? Stradhaird speaks on 8 and 9 September to tens of thousands of young people. He speaks to them a oppression and warns them of "the Old." The old, he claims, will fall and each tear with the downfall that clings to it. Routh speaks to Anicée and Auris after Stradhairds first speech, but his daughter wants nothing to do with him. Suddenly, as result of nirvana effect a disaster occurs. A building collapses, burying many people under it. Anicée survived with critical injuries. Auris which has thrown herself protectively over her, presumably dies. Routh takes his daughter to the nearest hospital. The next day he hears for himself Stradhairds second speech. Routh believes that the Augurs want to fight on Terra a kind of war by proxy.
Once the situation has normalized at least a little, Reginald Bull sends the BOMBAY, a 1500-meter spacer of the Explorer fleet under the command of Colonel Nuruzzaman, on an expedition into the surrounding area of the Sol system. It seems that the system is in an alien space, by measuring only 150 light years, and in which the laws of nature are transformed. Several dozen suns were located in the above anomaly miniature universe. The closest is 17 light years away. Bull gives her the name Next Stop and sets it as the destination of BOMBAY. Apparently the strange space is not uninhabited. Three space ships with 2600 meters length, vaguely reminiscent of giant nails penetrate into the Sol system. They do not react to radio calls or to transformer shots across the bow. They appear on 9 September by the sun, where they start with some obvious manipulations. Because on the same day, all people in the system feel for a few seconds terrible pain.