Carmen Dula was just like any other girl. Or she used to be, before she spent six months on the spacecraft, John Carter, as part of the first nine families to settle on Mars.
Just like any other teenager she was curious about her new home—who wouldn't be?—but she did her schoolwork, enjoyed time with her friends, and she started to explore the red planet with the supervision of her guide and friend, Paul Santos; always within the rules set by the colony.
Yet the Administrator, Dargo Solingen, seemed to have it out for her. She had no idea why, but she was blamed for every slight; every transgression. Until one day she had enough.
At night fall, Carmen donned a biosuit and ventured outside on her own—during curfew, while her outside privileges had been suspended. She didn't have a set goal. All she knew is that she wanted to explore....
What happened next was beyond her most wildest dreams. But how can she prove what she saw that night, when almost everyone assumes she is lying?