This is a tale of a small group of people dissatisfied with life on earth and determined to start a different way of life.
To ensure that no-one can escape the intolerable New World Order imposed on the Earth, even space travel has been forbidden - or, indeed, any venture into space.
In reaction to this, the small band of adventurous people, mainly scientists, have come together to plan and work together to elude the throttlehold of a world dictatorship - in an isolated place, a desert no less, surprisingly, in a remote area of China!
Secrecy, of course, is of the utmost importance. Will they succeed in building a spacecraft that will take them outside the earth's atmosphere - and propel them to a new life of freedom and adventure, to a new world that they can seed to form a new earth where there are new heavens and new untethered ideologies?
The book is a page-turner, not just on account of the impetus of the story, but because of the fascinating, yet believable technological innovations that emerge as a result of the lateral and collaborative thinking of the individuals concerned.