Herodotus Shapiro has had an unbelievably bad week. His wife left him. The IRS is after him for thousands of dollars. His home/bookstore burned down. On his way to take refuge at his brother's place, he got a speeding ticket. And now his car has broken down in the middle of the desert in front of a large mansion. What more can go wrong?
In the near future, dream broadcasting has become the latest entertainment medium. Wearing a Dreamcap while you sleep enables broadcasters to send dreams directly into your unconscious mind, giving you an entertainment experience as intensely real as though you'd been there yourself.
Starship captain Ardeva "Dev" Korrell is used to fighting prejudice, both because she's a woman in what's normally a man's line of work and because she's from a world with a misunderstood religion. Against her better judgment, Dev finds herself leading her small crew into battle. They must fight off an army of robots, scale the holy mountain and defeat the tyrannical, god-like beings who have enslaved anative population. The task before them is straightforward: to storm the gates of Heaven itself!