The year is 1714. Daniel Waterhouse lias returned to England, where lie joins forces with his friend Isaac Newton to hunt clown a shadowy group attempting to assassinate Natural Philosophers. As Daniel and Newton conspire, an increasingly vicious struggle is waged for England's Crown : who will take control when the ailing queen dies Meanwhile, a long-simmering dispute between Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz comes to a head, with potentially cataclysmic consequences... Wildly inventive, brilliantly conceived, The System of the World is the final volume in Neal Stephenson's hugely ambitions and compelling saga. Filled with a remarkable cast of characters in a time of genius, discovery and change, the Baroque Cycle is a magnificent and unique achievement.