Professor Peter Asher arrives outside a gleaming black tower that has mysteriously materialized in the heart of a major city. A command center has been set up nearby, from which the operation is to be directed.
Young Dr. Asher is led into the tower through the only door. He travels a long hallway, comes out onto a landing that overlooks an impossible scene: An alien jungle. Where the walls and ceiling should be is a wilderness landscape stretching out to an alien horizon, an alien sky hovering low overhead; yet there is something unreal about the images set against the walls and ceiling… evidence that all is not as it appears.
Asher must lead a group of scientists across this jungle in search of the access to the second floor and beyond. With a handful of soldiers to protect them, they will explore this landscape, and whatever unknown landscapes await them, as they work their way, floor by floor, to the top floor of the tower and the inevitable confrontation with whatever is behind the creation of the tower.
General Wong and his dedicated staff offer what assistance they can from the command center outside the tower. That support will quickly prove more difficult to provide, for just as the team leaves the safety of the landing, the one and only access into the tower vanishes. Communication between the team is sporadic and in most respects those in the tower are on their own. There will be no reinforcements, no rescue.
As the team journeys the floors, they cross paths with the Acolyte, servant of the entity behind the creation of the tower and the gauntlet the team must travel.
Based on the eleven one hour screenplays of the television miniseries “The Black Tower”. This omnibus edition contains all eleven novellas in the serial, with each novella a direct adaptation of one of the episodes in the miniseries. They are structured and formatted exactly as the one hour screenplays from which they have been adapted.