HarpieColcek is a nosy newspaper reporter, whose task is to write an article on astrange blip that appears on the North American Air Defense’s radar screen each Christmas Eve. The radar techs call it Santa’s Ghost, and Harpie is disappointed until he realizes it is not a ghost at all. He inadvertently discovers the landing site of a space ship, and when he sneaks aboard he is horrified to learn that the passengers and the commander are the only humanoids aboard. The crewmen are not humans. The passengers are from an advanced civilization that is fleeing the planet Rau because its sun is dying, and they are kept in suspended animation inside of what looks like coffins to Harpie.
The FBI and the CIA believe the radar blip is an aircraft that is planting enemy spies and saboteurs on American soil, and when Harpie reveals what he has discovered, chaos reigns throughout the world, as militia groups and frightened private citizens target people suspected of being extraterrestrials disguised as humans. A warrant is then issued for Harpie’s arrest, charging him with treason and sedition, and he flees to the planet Rau with the aliens and a fellow reporter named Martha Spiller, who was originally from Rau. There he discovers a new world that has made significant progress in technology, medicine, foods, and social mores, and they are willing to share their knowledge with Earth.
Harpie returns to Earth with documents and photographs to prove the existence of the ETs and their knowledge, which is for the benefit all mankind, and confers with the President of the United States, and she reveals the existence of the aliens via the United Nations. However, China and Russia believe it is all a hoax, and carry out a preconceived plan to conquer the world.
Will a nuclear holocaust follow? Will the aliens help rescue the US and its allies? Will the human race survive and if so does it learn a lesson, or will the aliens find a more welcome and peaceful home somewhere else in the Galaxy of the Milky Way?