Cold War opponents battle for the possession of the artifacts of an alien space faring race in a search across prehistoric Europe. In the first book of one of Norton's best known series, agents from the modern world disguise themselves as bronze age traders to discover the source of technological secrets suddenly appearing in the arsenals of the Eastern powers. What they find is the remnants of an alien civilization that spanned the galaxy.
About the Author
Andre Norton was the pen name of Alice Mary Norton (February 17, 1912-March 17, 2005) author of hundreds of fantasy and science fiction novels and stories. Though she had intended to become a teacher, the depression forced her to change plans and become a librarian, a career she followed until she could become a full time author. Her first novel was published in 1934. She began writing science fiction in the fifties, continuing until her death. She received both the Gandalf Grand Master Award from the World Science Fiction Society and the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America.