Melinda Ashley has a plan for her life, and a trip to Mars isn’t part of it. When she receives a spaceliner ticket as a high school graduation gift from her dad, she is dismayed, but reluctantly agrees to go with him–in part because she’s infuriated by her fiance’s high-handed declaration that she can’t. Her outlook begins to change when she meets Alex Preston, a second-generation Martian colonist who is going home after college on Earth. Alex believes settling Mars is important. He’s looking forward to the role he expects to play in the colony’s future. Melinda finds this hard to understand, yet she is more and more drawn to him and, while on Mars, to his family. Torn between what she has always wanted and upsetting new feelings, she wonders if she can ever again be content. It takes tragedy and a terrifying experience to make her aware of what really matters to her.
Although this novel is set on Mars, it’s not about technology or exotic adventure. It’s mainly a story about human aspirations and human love, and is usually enjoyed more by readers who like romance than by avid science fiction fans.