Seventy years after the events of Rendezvous with Rama, a second Raman vessel enters our solar system. Its arrival is expected and an expedition is sent to unlock more of Rama's mysteries, but the crew are unprepared both for what they find and for the conflicts that arise between them. Rama II brings new characters into a new story and is mostly unrelated to the original; largely, it serves to set up its own sequels. The novel ends with three of the twelve astronauts stranded inside Rama as it travels out of the solar system, Nicole des Jardins Wakefield, Richard Wakefield and Michael O'Toole. Unlike Rendezvous with Rama, which depicted a more technologically advanced stage of human life in our solar system and focused almost entirely on the hard science fiction elements regarding the scientific wonders of the alien spacecraft, Rama II and its sequels deconstruct Clarke's vision of human explorers throughout the solar system through a global economic crisis that forced their almost total deactivation. Then, the book follows a very different storytelling that brings forward contemporary issues like abortion, racism, drug abuse, and organized crime.