Professor Jolivet is inspired with the Holy Quest of ridding the planet of all imbeciles after he invents an astoundingly practical device. While the old man is trying out his new toy, nothing much seems to happen except Pendleton, soon to be the professor's right hand man, is led to ask himself such profound questions as: why hasn't the Catholic Church elected a new pope for the past 15 years, or, more importantly, why does he have only six dollars in his pocket while he really ought to have eight? It is the search for answers to these interrogations that will lead him to join the Professor in his quest.
Together they assemble close to a dozen disciples and set out to achieve the Divine Will. They quickly run into problems, from political scandals to unnaturally fast responses from civil servants. Something fishy is afoot and Jolivet is starting to fear that they are not alone. Acting on the advice of his coffee machine, he sends one of his flock to seek more information, but the envoy meets a man on his journey that challenges some of his most fundamental assumptions. What is really going on? In the meantime, love has flourished between Pendleton and Rose-Anne, the heart of a movement. A love so pure and powerful that it permeates everything and everyone but, strangely, does not seem in total accord with their mission. After the weather gets involved, things eventually resolve themselves, although not exactly as anticipated. Most of the issues are made irrelevant, including the nuclear genocide, and all are left with only one question: why those names?