One minute, down and out actor Lorenzo Smythe was drinking away his troubles in a bar. Then a
space pilot bought him a drink, and the next thing Smythe knew, he was being shanghaied to Mars.
There he found himself agreeing to the most difficult role of his career: impersonating an important
politician who had been kidnapped. Failure to pull off the act could result in interplanetary war. But
success might be just as bad, for then he could be trapped in his new role forever!