Don Braden retired in 2009 from a 45-year career teaching high school English surrounding thirteen years of teaching Latin and 30 years of coaching track and cross country. He frequently used Science Fiction, current and classic, to demonstrate elements of literature and human ideals. Through his own voracious reading of all subjects, he encouraged students to read, to recognize the essence of humanity, and to strive for an improbable dream: utopia. Braden is working toward a “late in life” second career of writing stories that bolster what he taught.
On its way to a distant colony world, the space vessel Marco P loses all power and an unknown force convinces the navigator that a distant, dead world is the vessel's true destination. To free his crew and his navigator from the unknown force's grip, Commander Carpenter must face a moral dilemma. Can he save his crew without condemning a planet's inhabitants to death?