The day of the Triffids, John Wyndham's extraordinary best-seller, is one man's description of doomsday: almost the entire population bas become blind, and the world has a new master-the monstrous triffid plant. The novel ends with its narrator, Bill Masen, leaving the British mainland with his wife and four-year-old son to join a new colony on the Isle of Wight. Simon Clark takes up the story twenty-five years later. In the 29 th year since the fall of the old world, David Masen, the now grown-up son of Bill, wakes one morning to discover that the world has been mysteriously plunged into darkness. The few sighted people have their artificial lights, but once more the triffid has the advantage... Setting off to seek the cause of the darkness, David finds himself stranded. Eventually rescued and taken to New York, he discovers a very different sort of colony: prosperous and technologically advanced. But all is seems. This sophisticated society hides an evil secret - and David is about to come face with an old enemy from his father's past.