Here's the copy from the original dust jacket:
Don DeLillo has been "weirdly prophetic about 21st century America" (The New York Times Book Review). In his earlier novels, he has written about conspiracy theory, the Cold War and global terrorism. Now, in Point Omega, he looks into the mind and heart of a "defense intellectual," one of the men involved in the management of the country's war machine.
Richard Elster was a scholar - an outsider - when he was called to a meeting with government war planners, asked to apply "ideas and principles to such matters as troop deployment and counter-insurgency."
We see Elster at the end of his service. He has retreated to the desert, "somewhere south of nowhere," in search of space and geologic time. There he is joined by a filmmaker, Jim Finley, intent on documenting his experience. Finley wants to persuade Elster to make a one-take film, Elster its single character - "Just a man and a wall."
Weeks later, Elster's daughter Jessica visits - an "otherworldly" woman from New York, who dramatically alters the dynamic of the story. The three of them talk, train their binoculars on the landscape, and build an odd, tender intimacy, something like a family. Then a devastating event throws everything into question.
In this compact and powerful novel, it is finally a lingering human mystery that haunts the landscape of desert and mind.
About the Author:
Don DeLillo is the author of fifteen novels and three plays. He has won the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Jerusalem Prize and many other awards and honors. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the recipient of the academy's William Dean Howells Medal for Underworld.