Samantha Dekker knows who she is and where she lives. She is a cadet studying to be a police officer like her famous father for the Venusian Police and Rescue Forces. She lives in gigantic Zeppelin cities circling over fifty kilometres above the planet Venus. With the Earth having gone silent seven years before, taking the life of her mother, she's focused on her career, and her friends.
Until an asteroid scow falls from the sky, and Samantha's cadet crew catches it. It's a shocking mystery. People haven't journeyed between the planets since the Earth's shuttles stopped, Even more shocking is who is aboard: a young man from Mars, whom Samantha knew as a pen pal up to a year before. Fleeing strife at home, he's run to another planet for safety. And Samantha promises him safety; after all, who would cross hundreds of millions of kilometres to attack a young man? But Mars proves her wrong.
Sam's life will be upended as she defies her family, her school, and her planet to take her friend Pandorian back to Mars and face down the forces that reached out across planets to attack.
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