A fictionalized 'documentary' about a man guiding two people into space, and through a series of barren worlds with mystical, magical anomalies. He is called the 'Guide' and shows the 'Professor' and 'Writer' a side of space they didn't know existed, unto a series of eerie craters called the 'cradle' a place which is rumored to grant one's innermost wishes (but that's the catch, it won't grant what you say you want, only what you truly desire). In the end, the Guide is revealed to be a man who simply delights in the wonderment and hope of others. He has grown an addiction to seeing hope in the eyes of the disenfranchised and would bring anyone to the cradle if it meant he saw it again.
The Professor turns out to be a man bent on destroying the cradle with a hidden bomb, believing that somehow someone exists in the known galaxy with enough hate in their heart for mankind that their innermost wish would kill everyone.
The Writer, seeming at first cynical and jaded, selfish and snivelling appears more in tune with this place then anyone, and at the end dons a crown of broken wires as though he were aware the irony of how untouched by the mystical dangers the anomalies presented the other two with.
In the end the bomb is discarded, and a shaken Guide, Professor and Writer return to their lives without truly entering the cradle's inner sanctum, not knowing whether or not the rumor behind it granting wishes was actually true.