In 2213, the Earth has seen devastating global pandemics, the rise and fall of nations, and countless wars. Humanity has ascended to the stars and has begun to spread throughout the solar system.
To support distant settlers, the medical training and aid ship GSC Nightingale completes a four-year journey from Earth to Pluto and everywhere in between. It carries two hundred medical and nursing students, educating them while providing aid to isolated colonies.
The students on board the Nightingale are all escaping something on Earth. For Lucy Hernandez, it’s the violence of the Second Mexican War of Independence. Stacy Weber needs time away from his father’s suffocating influence, and Emma Allred is trying to develop her own life and opinions away from her controlling religious family. Jack MacDonald needs a new start, and Daryush Golshenas needs new memories to drown out the old, horrible ones.
All the students have thought about why they’re leaving, but many haven’t considered why they need to go back. That attitude will change for them very soon, because something is waiting for the Nightingale. Something ancient and inhuman, and impossibly close to home.
The Nightingale will never see Earth again. Will the same fate befall those on board?