It's been 40 years since the first Mars expedition. The ship's wreckage has been found on the far side of the moon. Only one man survived. The chaplain, now admiral, agrees to lead a second expedition. One member of the crew yearns to discover the fate of one of the pioneers, his father. The mysterious Milankovic Crater holds the answer. More
It is the year 2045. The first attempt to colonize Mars has failed. Only one man returned alive - the enigmatic ship's chaplain. A group of wealthy entrepeneurs attempts a 2nd expedition. The "volunteers" include a family man who yearns to discover what his father's role had been in the ill-fated first pioneering expedition. The ship's former chaplain, now an admiral, accepts command of the new expedition. But once again his ruthless fanaticism leads to disaster. It is discovered that the original pioneers had not all perished. A terrible fate is planned for the survivors and those who discovered them. But an unexpected force intervenes.