* The American scientist, Reinhold Hoffman, is introduced, and he is responsible for the construction of a spaceship, the Columbus.
* Hoffmann remembers his colleague from after the second world war, Konrad Schneider.
* Schneider is working in Russia to build a spaceship, in a race against the Americans.
* Both Reinhold Hoffmann and Konrad Schneider see the approach of alien spaceships.
* The Overlords have taken up positions in their ships over many of the major cities of Earth.
* Rikki Stormgren is introduced as Secretary-General of the United Nations, as is Karellen, the head Overlord.
* Alexander Wainwright is the head of the Freedom League, an international group that opposes the Overlords.
* Karellen introduces himself to Earth over a worldwide radio broadcast.
* Karellen meets with Rikki Stormgren and discusses the work of the Freedom League, and Karellen's plans for a World Federation.
* Rikki Stormgren is kidnapped and taken to an...
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