|NEL paperback, 1973 reprint. Cover artwork by Bruce Pennington.|
"In the very depths of the densest jungle in Brazil, there exists a circular plain of stubble. A perfect circle.
This is the Panalto district, and no man has ever come out of it alive. Elias Wentik might, perhaps, be the exception. He finds himself imprisoned in the very centre of the plain, subject to humiliation and bizarre sessions of interrogation. And this visit, so completely contemporary in its paranoid vision of strangeness, has revealed to him the incredible secret of the Panalto. It exists two hundred years in the future."