"When Kinsolving's Planet crosses your path, beware!" Commodore John Grimes would have done well to heed this warning. But the evil magic of Kinsolving draws him on, pulling him on a journey through the universes. Is Grimes a swiftly fading literary ghost, doomed to disappearance for the inadvertent theft of a meerschaum pipe Or, is he a flesh and blood Commodore, sailing the spaceways from world to world, enjoying dangerous voyages to momentary safe ports It does not matter what role is the "true John Grimes" for none can protect him from the grasp of Kinsolving's Planet, an abandoned colony which reaches out for man, for the target, John Grimes, who is inexorably sucked toward his final destiny. . . .