Jane Austen. On a spaceship. With a handsome starship captain. Will love bloom? Will aliens land? Will the universe survive? Will Jane write a novel about it?
Miss Jane Austen, revered author of such great classic romantic novels as Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, sadly died of Addison's disease quite young. She never had the chance to see the wonders of our modern age -- the internet, modern medicine, universal suffrage, rights for women, the end of slavery, space travel...
Didn't she? Did she?
Captain Jon Honorbright -- born several centuries after Miss Austen -- is a man with the cares of the world on his shoulders. A widower with a child to support and educate -- responsible for the crew and craft that he steers through space and time to meet the needs of a mining population on remote planets.
(And with a pair of young lovers, male and female, who drive him crazy with both irritable frustration, and desire.) He has enough on his hands.
The last thing he needs is a literary genius from a former age, poking and prodding at him. Making him ask himself questions about work, and life, and art. And love.