A psychiatrist is summoned to a prison to interview Albert Brock, a respectable businessman who went on a murderous rampage--against phones, computers, music players, and all the other electronic devices that fill the world with ceaseless noise and distraction.
The charming Clara Goodwater has been the president of the town's Ladies Honeysuckle Harmony Lodge for as long as anyone can remember. Her nosy rival Elmira Brown is convinced Clara maintains her position through witchcraft and plans to exorcise her at the upcoming Lodge election.
A family of Earth colonists was stranded on Mars twenty years ago when they missed the order to evacuate. Now, after their long wait, a ship from Earth arrives to take them home, but the rescuers notice something odd.