In the not so distant future the world hasn’t changed that much – men and women still laugh, fall in love and sip wine – but some will live forever as retreads, old souls surgically implanted into the empty bodies of the young. Voss Geraghty is a retread, a retiring government researcher rewarded with a new body. In this new life he wants fun, sex and adventure – what he finds is disappointment. His ‘shell’ was donated by a young man who was not eager to die – the shell is damaged, Voss is impotent so he must settle for adventure this time out. In his unusual choice, Voss becomes a troubleshooter for the Space Service and an inadvertent hero. When he returns, the government, controlled by retreads, capitalises on his fame to support the immortality programme against an underground rebellion determined to overthrow the regime of death for the young so that the old may live eternally. The rebellion movement has the technology to cure Voss of his impotence in return for his help in destroying the retread centres. Still he hesitates – until he meets Alicia and falls in love. He will die in the destruction of the retread centres – but he wants to experience love as well.