Aphrodisia is a mysterious planetary body with a love-crazed mind of its own.
Holy Gaia Hypothesis! The unknown planet is a living entity, its biosphere awash in sex hormones, one planetary consciousness radiating its arousal across space. The spaceship Magellan, chartered by religious fundamentalist Josiah Wenlock III, on its way to colonise a new world, is pulled inexorably off course for a climactic meeting with the planet dubbed "Aphrodisia" by the ship's science officer. This officer is the only man who can keep his head as the bisexual captain, the rest of the crew, and Wenlock's repressed "flock" are overwhelmed by Aphrodisia's influence, as the ship draws toward her bosom. For she has the power to reignite half-buried memories and unsatiated desires, turning fantasies into alluring flesh and blood and shattering inhibitions. But what does Aphrodisia really want? And how can the voyagers escape entrapment, if indeed they even want to flee the paradise of sexual fulfilment she offers?