In a not so far away future, right on this planet Earth, lives Rekmet, member of the mantis-like race that conquered the earth. Rekmet is cocoon master, and one of the best. But his performance is less than adequate these days, because his wife is on a space trip - and the ship has not contacted Earth for too many days. Rekmet refuses to mourn, and also refuses facing the consequences of that. For all members of their race are obliged to mourn. In order to survive.