Flinx starts out to find a weapon to use against the hungry evil accelerating toward the galaxy, only to be diverted to a planet, on which landings are forbidden because of the low technological level of its inhabitants. Flinx has to land so his ship can make repairs. There he meets a backwater race of aliens empaths, and does what he can to heal the sick and injured, breaking the prime directive of the Commonwealth not to interfere with primitive species, especially using technology. The natives begin worshipping Flinx as a God, which infuriates religious and political leaders. Other countries prepare to invade to gain control of the new God, and Flinx realizes why the alien contact rules exist.

This is a somewhat interesting alien contact story. The main storylines involving Flinx learning to control his power and save the galaxy don't go anywhere. It does not add anything to the overall storyline.

I wanted for Flinx to develop and use his psionic talents. The series is now something like 13 books and his mental talents are still unreliable and pretty much useless; this was a very, very, very big disappointment to me for the series as a whole.