When Karen Stark becomes pregnant, she and Barney are overjoyed. They’ve wanted a baby for so long. After an industrial accident, Barney unknowingly spreads radioactive dust into his neighborhood, into his home, and onto his wife’s body. As frightened friends and neighbors become enemies, the dream of becoming parents turns into a nightmare. . . This new edition of Keyes' second novel includes a preface and additional material by the author.