Bill Mansen is a biologist who works with Triffids - tall, venemous, stinging plants capable of killing humans...
...Bill ends up hospital with bandages over his eyes, due to a Triffid sting, and misses the meteor shower that everyone is watching...
...Bill wakes to find everyone has been blinded by the meteor shower, the world is in chaos and he seems to be the one person who can see...
...amongst the chaos, Bill meets wealthy novelist Josella Playton who can also see, and together they join a group of sighted survivors who plan to make a colony in the countryside...
...meanwhile London is crumbling - buildings are falling apart, the blind are dying from Triffid stings or lack of food and for anyone can still see, their life is ruined. But it isn't just London...
...is it true that Triffids don't like walking on concrete? Will mankind have to rebuild civilisation? And who will claim planet Earth - mankind or the Triffids?
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