Earth is dying and humanity, needing a new home, leaves in search of somewhere new. But out in the blackness of space, something alien is waiting. An apparent infection has terrifying consequences. Crew members transform into creatures barely human, or have the power to bend others to their will. Some become crazed while others grow cunning and manipulative. Their plan is to expose the remaining humans in a bid to become an evolved alien/human cross species.
London, 1886: When a stranger with peculiar head injuries is admitted to Bethlem Asylum, the doctors are confounded by his permanent inability to recover his memory. Without any form of identity and suffering bizarre nightmares, the stranger soon finds out that he is somehow linked to a deceased nobleman who bequeaths him a farm in the Southern African Cape Colonies. After an attempt is made on his life by a clandestine order of assassins, he flees to Cape Town.