In the year 2204, tragedy and terror forced a scientific team to prematurely evacuate Maleiva III. Nineteen years later, a rogue moon hurtling through space is about to obliterate the last opportunity to study this rare, life-supporting planet. With less than three weeks left before the disaster, superluminal pilot Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins -- the only even remotely qualified professional within light years of the ill-fated planet -- must lead a small scientific team to the surface to glean whatever they can about its life forms and lost civilizations before time runs out.
But catastrophe awaits when they are stranded on this strange and complex world of puzzles and impossibilities. And now Hutch and her people must somehow survive on a hostile world going rapidly mad -- as the clock ticks toward apocalypse for a doomed enigma.
Jack McDevitt has quickly become my favorite science fiction author. His story telling holds details of long gone civilizations and humanitarian acts of survival.
This story is told in such a way that the reader is pulled into the adventure, wanting to explore, and help find solutions.
I hope that you enjoy joining Priscilla Hutchins in this adventure. This book has provided me many hours of entertainment. Jim