This is the sequel to Farmer's work To Your Scattered Bodies Go. The main character is Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain. In the Riverworld series, everyong who ever lived has been inexplicably reborn on the shores of a river which doubles back and forth over an entire planet. Food is automatically provided for them. Samuel Clemens' quest is to create a riverboat and go sailing down the river. The problem is, there really isn't that kind of technology around. However, he is determined.
Clemens founds a kingdom and begins focusing on advancing technology. With the aid of a mysterious stranger, he manages to find needed metal deposits. However, to get his kingdom off the ground, Clements had to make alliances with some very untrustworthy people. A lot of the plot ends up focusing on the conflicts with nearby kingdoms on the river and his wariness of a political powerplay from elements within his own kingdom. With all these troubles cropping up, he has a lot of difficulty getting the work on his riverboat finished, but that always remains his central goal.
This report prepared by Isaac Brown