As the latest global wars on a mythical mid-20th century Earth still rage, the world is dying, the human race is almost gone, small remnants ekeing out miserable lives in surface domes or underground shelters. The Hesikastor, an ageing leader of a small underground enclave prophesies a coming Armageddon. Tests to prove his claims trigger a powerful psionic signal from outer space, an invitation for his people to take refuge on Phrynis, a planet in the Pleiades star system. Images are beamed in, depicting Phrynis as a second Eden, perfect, pristine, waiting for new inhabitants. Following the invitation a series of psionic signals relate its peoples' history, describing a painful emergence from a barbaric tyrrany to idyllic existence on a higher plane. During the course of the four books, both stories intertwine, even fuse, while each alien segment features seminal points in the planet's history, and pivotal characters who play vital roles in that world's history. Against attempts by Manfred Hengst, a powerful industrial magnate, to seize that chance for himself, the survivors struggle to rendezvous with the aliens at the edge of the solar system before time runs out. As they race to the meeting place, Hengst's space fleet overtakes them, and not until then does the title's meaning emerge.
Used availability for Grace Chetwin's And the Meek
September 2017 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition