The train shot through the vacuum tubes at incredible speed, crossing the Martian sub-continents of Noachis and Tempe in a of couple hours. On the train were Arthur, Goro, Kiyoko, and Goro's pet monkey Mechi. Arthur was on his way home from school. His home was in Elysium Province, but he went to school in Hellas Province, half way around the planet. Twice a week he took this train ride, once to school on Monday morning, and once home on Friday afternoon. He spent all week at school, where he had a room in the dormitory. The train ride was almost two hours long, and while he took it twice a week, this time it was different. This time he was excited, because this time he was on his way home for summer vacation. He wouldn't need to take the train back to Hellas Province for a month!