In the desert near the village of Exetor in west Texas, a meteor is seen by a young NASA apprentice as it streaks across the clear dark summer sky. The following morning, she, her father Jim and his friend George investigate the site and find strange crystals. They discover a chamber and stumble upon a plan put into motion hundreds of years before by an alien race bent on the destruction of earth. More
High school senior and NASA apprentice, Tess McLary, views a meteor while monitoring space debris. She and her father, Jim, investigate the next morning discovering a strange reddish blue dust covering the outcropping above a cave museum owned by George Peters, a Native American and friend of Tess’ father. Jim secures a sample for examination.
The next morning, George explores a lower chamber and is injured. The chamber has ancient pictographs covering the walls. Tess, with the help of her mother, father, teacher, George, and a crusty oilman determine the pictographs describe the total destruction of earth. The chamber, according to the drawings, is a transmitter built centuries ago by aliens intent on pillaging earth’s energy resources. With the transfer imminent, they redouble their efforts to find a way to stop the destruction. Tess’ teacher, Millie, turns out to be an alien and the good sister of her Evil sibling who returns to complete the transfer of energy.
Tess’ pet Labrador retriever, Skits, finds an amulet in the. While reading old manuscripts of his grandfather, George discovers that a crystal he has and the amulet are the key to preventing the destruction.
Jim, George, and Billy descend into the chamber to insert the crystal into the transmitter to stop the transfer. Millie fights with her sister killing her and dies. The crystal reverses the transfer. Millie’s body is taken back to the McLary home and mysteriously disappears.
A NASA official and his daughter, Maria travel to Exetor to investigate. Simon de La Fuentes, Maria’s father compiles a report promising not to bring undue notoriety on them
As Maria and her father leave, the reader finds they are good aliens sworn to fight against the evil faction of their race bent on domination.
Millie appears to Tess in a dream and tells her she has been chosen to continue in her stead since the threat to earth still exists. Millie gives the amulet to Tess.
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