Phase-crucifixions! Astral squid-beasts! Conniving aristocrats! Tangled in all the obstacles and oddities of an exotic Empire, the Silver Surfer finds that his toughest test- to soothe the hatred of ancient enemies- is beyond even the Power Cosmic. But is he prepared to commit the ultimate atrocity to secure a chance for peace? Cosmic craziness turns to darkness and death, as Spurrier and Huat's galactic extravaganza takes an unexpected turn with the surprise appearance of a looming figure from the Surfer's past.