One might expect that a 'scientific conference' devoted to people who have reported being kidnapped by "little green men" would be dismissed out of hand. But C. D. B. Bryan did not dismiss it; the conference was to be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and would have as its chairmen a Pulitzer Prize-winning Harvard psychiatry professor and a professor of physics from M.I.T. Bryan attended the conference throughout its five days. He approached the subject with no prior stand, no agenda, and an open (if slightly skeptical) mind. As the conference progressed, he was astonished by the quality of the stories told by the hundreds of men and women who came forward hesitantly and reluctantly with their utterly amazing - and utterly convincing - accounts of having been abducted and then examined aboard extraterrestrial spacecraft by spindly limbed, telepathic gray creatures with outsized foreheads dominated by huge, compelling, tear-shaped black eyes. What most astonished Bryan were the similarities found again and again in these accounts and the consistency of their details. It is here that the heart of the mystery lies - as the Harvard professor John E. Mack asked at the conference, 'If what these abductees are saying isn't happening to them, then what is?' This question - and the possible answers - are at the center of this richly explicit, serious, and riveting book.