DUNE Author:FRANK HERBERT The Duke must exhange his lands. Instead of his own lovely domain, rich and well-watered, he and his wife and son must move to and accept a barren desert, where a drop of water is worth its weight in platinum. — Why? The all-powerful Emperor fears Duke Leto - fears his strength, his popularity, his growing wealth. and the Duke has other enemies, ... more »notably the great rival house of Harkonnen, led by Baron Vladimire, the last living symbol of evil.
A page of medieval history? Not quite. Duke Leto Atreides is moving from a planet, which he owns, to another planet, which he has been given in exchange. The emperor, ShaddamIV, is Emperor of the known Universe, not a country. And the Duke Leto's son, Paul, is not a normal noble heir. In fact he is so little normal in any way that he happens to be the possible key to all human rule, power and indeed knowledge!« less