The first human mission to Mars meets with near‑disaster when a meteoroid strikes the spacecraft, almost destroying
it. The ship is too far from Earth to simply turn around and return home. The eight‑person crew must ride their
crippled ship to Mars while they desperately struggle to survive.
On Earth, powerful political forces that oppose human spaceflight try to use the accident as proof that sending humans
into space is too dangerous to continue. The whole human space flight program hangs in the balance. And if the
astronauts can’t nurse their ship to Mars and back, the voyagers will become either the first Martian colonists—or the
first humans to perish on another planet.
Listen to the authors discuss the book here on the Baen Free Radio Hour.