From the holiday planet of Paradiso one could go on so many exciting excursions – Mars, Venus, the Moon, even the most distant and alien worlds were accessible to the inquisitive holiday maker, courtesy of Starways, Inc. – the giant combine which owned Paradiso and half the galaxy.  But there was only one trip which interested Ram Burrell and it was the one that Starways seemed to be actively discouraging trippers from taking – the trip to  Earth, the birthplace of Man. And once Burrell had got a ticket for the journey, he began to discover why Earth had been the least visited planet and why Starways and worked so hard to keep it that way.n