Years ago, the enormous, enigmatic alienspacecraft called Rama sailed through our solar system asmind-boggling proof that life existed -- orhad existed -- elsewhere in theuniverse. Now, at the dawn of the twenty-third century,another ship is discovered hurtling toward us. Acrew of Earth's best and brightest minds isassembled to rendezvous with the massive vessel. Theyare armed with everything we know about Ramantechnology and culture. But nothing can prepare themfor what they are about to encounter on boardRama II: cosmic secrets that arestartling, sensational -- and perhaps evendeadly.