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Dune tells the sweeping tale of a desert planet called Arrakis, the focus of an intricate power struggle in a byzantine interstellar empire. Arrakis is the sole source of the spice, a substance necessary for interstellar travel and which grants psychic powers and longevity, so whoever controls it wields great influence. Through sabotage and treachery, the young Duke Paul Atreides is cast out into the planet's harsh environment to die. There he falls in with the Fremen, a tribe of desert dwellers who become the basis of the army with which he will reclaim what's rightfully his.