After a world war causing global destruction, a cautious group of leaders try to rebuild a society. In order to prevent a similar catastrophe from ever occurring again, they maintain tight controls turning the survivors into a cold, passionless machine-like social organism. Freedom becomes the main issue being explored, as one survivor regains her memory of a good life before the holocaust. The sub-plot involves an evil, power-hungry renegade who tries to take advantage of the compliant survivors. Eventually in a “Star Trek” style, the human spirit prevails and individual freedoms and rights are returned as the story arrives at its emotional climax.