The plot of the book is a carrying-away science-fiction work. It narrates about Corn Maxwell who spent his early age on the planet of Poictesme where one of the armies was based during the System Star War. When the war ended, the army left the planet having destroyed their bases and equipment which they had over there. However, one piece of equipment got lost and should be found. It is a military super computer called Merlin. With the help of it any problem could be solved. And everyone understood that life would change a lot depending on who would find this computer first. The main character Corn has a mission to go and research computers and find Merlin. Conn after learning a lot comes back but nobody has ever seen the computer; everyone just talk about it a lot. The life on the planet becomes fussy and nervous as all inhabitants want to change their life for the better. And Conn understand that he needs to find Merlin. This book might be called a real masterpiece by H.Beam Piper as in it he mixes adventure and thriller. The end of the book is very unexpected so it will keep readers attentive till the very end.
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