Here is the rich and complex world that Frank Herbert created in his classic series, in the
time leading up to the momentous events of DUNE. As Emperor Elrood's son Shaddam plots a
subtle regicide, young Leto Atreides leaves his lush, water-rich planet for a year's education
on the mechanized world of Ix; a planetologist named Pardot Kynes is dispatched by the Emperor
to the desert planet Arrakis, or Dune, to discover the secrets of the addictive spice known as
melange; and the eight-year-old slave Duncan Idaho is hunted by his cruel masters in a
terrifying game from which he vows escape and vengeance. But none can envision the fate in
store for them: one that will make them renegades-and shapers of history.