Gerhard Shultz, the first elected governor of Mars, wants what’s best for his people....
The colony depends on Earth businesses for goods, but Earth is run by an imperialistic United Nations whose regulations and sanctions are overbearing. Increasing tensions are only exacerbated by suspicious pirate attacks in the Belt. It is rumored the attacks are the work of the Free Mars Now grassroots movement or privateers paid by the Martian government in defiance of the UN.
Recent victims of a pirate attack, Mat and his crew aboard the Sadie, discover evidence that could prove the rumors true. With the UN squeezing the colony for every dime they can get and Schultz looking to better the Martian situation, there are deals to be made.
No one knows that better than Apex Mining’s CEO, Alexandria Reinhardt, whose Board of Directors has ordered her to sell their ore to the Martians despite a UN embargo. Her plans are more ambitious than simply ignoring government decrees, though. Will the Free Mars Now movement find a way to release the colony from their 100-year lease to Earth? Can Schultz find a way to work with Earth companies without angering their government? Does Mat possess enough evidence to prove Mars’ disloyalty? And...in the past, what happens when you push a distant colony too far?