Some regarded him as the father of modern space travel. Yet first attempt at building an interstellar gateway cost him his life and ended in disaster, his machine destroyed. Those that followed learnt from his mistakes and in time they produced a working gateway. However, few understood the full consequences of that first failed attempt at linking to a fourth space dimension. For a gateway had been opened, a gateway to a far darker realm than the one the scientist had aimed for, and a ripple of evil was cast out across time.
A few centuries later in 2210, a group of nine travellers are sent on a rescue mission to find a missing ship lost in the outer regions of the known universe. As they near the stricken and now apparently deserted vessel, ghostly occurrences start to haunt the crew and soon they are drawn into a deadly game with the curse created with the scientist's fateful experiment. The travellers, however, are not the first to experience the wrath of this curse for it has plagued mankind for centuries, first surfacing in the early part of the 17th century when an enslaved voodoo priest is found to have powers far beyond his humble earthly beginnings. Then in 1932, a luxury cruise liner sinks under mysterious circumstances with all lives lost. The puzzle of its loss remains hidden until, in 2001, a diving team investigating the wreck is attacked by an unseen wraith. Now, deep in space, far from any help, the group of rescuers must succeed where others over the centuries have failed and end the nightmare that began with one scientist's small step into THE UNKNOWN.