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As the current age thunders to a close, five children are playing in a river that runs through a forest to the sea. All the while, the society they are to inherit is disintegrating.
The story follows the diverse predispositions of the kids from the river into adulthood. Amy and Max become lovers while James maintains an erotic passion for Amy and becomes Max’s scheming rival.
In their decaying world, lawless marauders from the northern frontier sweep down upon a teetering world government while political conspiracies and disease run rampant.
As adults, the kids from the river take separate paths to finding love and losing it, to ascending on meteoric careers and plunging into the depths of self-destruction.
Amy’s father, John Ramsey, inventor of the mysterious Moon Glow project, is continually under assault as the head of the world’s most successful company. Known as the “last great man,” Ramsey is despised by the new political order, led by Senator Aaron Mire, a charismatic charlatan and a product of a descending age.
In these desperate times to come, the duration of life and memory diminish.