Then the mist eddied. Out of it, purposefully and with dignity, loomed a great golden barge, a barge which glittered with a light of its own. Tallow was astounded. He looked at the towering shape, agape. He was no longer the integrated and impenetrable thing he had been, for he had not taken the golden barge into account before. He became worried that the barge should not escape as it passed. It disappeared into the mist again . . .
Jephraim Tallow's fantastic quest for the golden barge is the theme that runs through this unique novel. Unique in that it was Moorcock's original novel, in whose pages can be found the basic elements that were to emerge in his Eternal Champion novels, as well as in his worlds of Jerry Cornelius, Karl Glogauer and Una Persson.