The young engineer Tom Edwards and his generation are drifting under the influence of their predecessors’ defective gods. But this is the sixties, and some say that things are changing, so will they fend them off? Or will they merely invent new idols to take their place?
In 1969, Tom joins the team building a motorway: the M4. Unknown to him, his exploits are being shadowed by the chief engineer who, 4329 years earlier, built the linteled circle at Stonehenge. Although these two cannot directly communicate, they have a shared language in geometry, and they are helped by metaphysical entity that bestows upon them both a common appreciation of the mystical concept of ‘straightness’ – which is quite handy in geometry.
They physically bump into one another when one of Tom’s giant earthmovers digs up the Stonehenge chief engineer. His skeleton is holding a bronze disc.