Out of love and respect for his parents, young Robert doesn’t complain about having to move to the country. While Robert’s friends do their best to ease his pain, his Uncle Rufus appears to be the best hope for a happy transition to rural America.Rufus and Katie’s farm provides Robert an escape from the tedium of helping his mother take care of his aging grandfather. Rufus appears to be the only one who can provide the kind of spiritual and intellectual stimulation that Robert needs. It’s not so easy to compensate for the loss of suburbia and private education. Age difference aside, mutual trust and respect grows rapidly, until Rufus decides to offer his nephew a different kind of brain food. He agrees to instruct him on the intricacies of astrological science.What begins as harmless fun, morphs into something more serious when Rufus confides his obsessive dream. He wants to perform a complex scientific experiment to test the astrological hypothesis. With apparent disregard for ethics and legalities, Rufus proposes a mission to collect mass data on unsuspecting Americans.Robert offers moral support, but doesn’t take the proposal too seriously. He judges the plan just a bit too ambitious for an eccentric sheep farmer. Blinded by intense loyalty to his uncle, and preoccupied by his own pursuits, Robert is slow to admit that Rufus’s quest could be quite dangerous.When Robert learns that his uncle has established a connection with some very powerful people, who appear to be very committed to the project, he begins to wonder whether it was such a good idea to help Rufus recruit his friends. However crazy it may seem, in Rufus’s capable hands, the quest begins to take shape. Robert is forced to question, not only his allegiance, but his own sense of morality.