By Robert Silverberg
Looking the immortality promised in an historical manuscript, The booklet of Skulls, 4 neighbors, university roommates, move on a spring holiday journey to Arizona: Eli, the coed, who stumbled on and translated the publication; Timothy, scion of an American dynasty, born and bred to steer; Ned, poet and cynic; and Oliver, the intense farm boy passionate about loss of life.
Somewhere within the wasteland lies the home of Skulls, the place a mystic brotherhood guards the key of everlasting lifestyles. There, the 4 aspirants will current themselves–and a terrible expense might be demanded.
For immortality calls for sacrifice. sufferers to stability survivors. One via suicide, one via murder.
Now, underneath the gaze of grinning skulls, the phobia starts off. . . .