Sensing that Paul Atreides, the son of Duke Leto, is the Kwizatz Haderach, a super-being, the Spacing Guild, which has a monopoly on inter-planetary travel, asks the Emperor to make sure that Paul dies. The Emperor sends Duke Leto, his family and his army to the water-starved planet Arrakis, known as Dune, where the life-prolonging spice "Melange" is mined. The Emperor goes in league with the evil Baron Harkonnen and the mythic drama unfolds: the murder of Duke Leto, the escape of Paul and his mother from the Harkonnen onslaught. But Paul gradually develops mystic skills and, allied with the desert people and mammoth sandworms they have tamed, defeats the Harkonnens. As the Guild had feared it, Paul Atreides is the man destined to bring the universe out of darkness. 1984 Dino De Laurentiis Corporation. All Rights Reserved.