Jim and Sergei are young grifters scraping a living in the oases resorts of Mars. But after saving the life of a famous explorer, they receive the invitation of a lifetime—the chance to join a top secret academy and one day see the galaxy. If only it were that simple. An alien invasion, Jim's mysterious past, and the key to reaching the stars all propel them on a journey of self-discovery into the thrilling and terrifying unknown. There the ultimate prize awaits: the Star Binder.