Wandering alone in a dry, forsaken land, Con Colby runs desperately low on water. He finds it in a community of religious zealots led by the enigmatic Spero Peace. The group’s worship includes an orgiastic celebration while under the influence of a consciousness-altering drug. They insist that Con join them. Afterwards Con escapes with two stolen items. One is a secret medicinal drug that can relieve the suffering of the world’s few survivors. The other is a lover named Iris who Spero had held against her will. In this short story, the two flee from pursuit and retribution by the religious leader across the wasted land.