On far-flung worlds throughout the galaxy, Man is gearing up for war with the conquering Gershmi. But the war may be lost before it even starts, because someone or something is brainwashing Earth soldiers into non-aggressive pacifists. David Ward thinks the key is in the matter transmitters that men use to travel to distant planets in the blink of an eye. Who masterminded this plan? Ward had better find out, because the Gershmi fleet is on its way!