Studying to become an areologist, or Mars geologist, Ana is the oldest person born and raised in Mars Colony and is a leader among her peers. How she answers this unwanted call to leadership is one of her many challenges. Her uncle is the “Vice President in Charge of Everything” for Mars Corporation, as well as mentor and friend to Ana and most of the young people on Mars. While playing detective, Ana balances the romantic attentions of Andy, her young Mars born friend; and Bob, a handsome young Colonist from Kansas. Wise beyond his years with a keen sense of humor, Andy is a courageous fighter in the Colony’s struggle for independence as well as a loyal friend. Equally brave and a brilliant scientist, Bob proves himself to be a steadfast friend to both Ana and Andy.
No doom or gloom here: this story takes an optimistic view of the next 45 years, during which Mars and the Moon are colonized while Earth prospers. Mars Corporation is a multi-national, interplanetary company created for the purpose of colonizing and developing Mars. The major space faring nations as well as private investors have combined their efforts to establish the Colony and finance it; and the economics of interplanetary exploration and development are an important part of the story. Intertwined with the story is a friendly introduction to areology, areography, Mars planetary science, the mechanics of interplanetary travel and the many technical problems encountered while establishing a colony on Mars. During the natural course of the story, environmental issues such as the search for water, resource utilization, the use of nuclear power, solar power, hydrogen power, the rugged climate on Mars and many other science related issues are explored by these capable, likeable and well informed characters.