It was supposed to be a routine flight to Hawaii, yet three hours out from Honolulu, UAL Flight 58 notices what looks like a large storm cell. The pilots suddenly feel the plane being plucked out of the sky by a giant alien craft. When the pilot suffers a heart attack and dies, First Officer Jordan Cady finds herself in charge of 289 very frightened passengers.
Aboard the Alliance starcruiser Savior, Kao Vantaar-Moray learns that his adopted father, Commander-elite Illya Moray, has performed another rescue of a species. Life on Earth has been destroyed by a comet shower and miraculously, the people of UAL 58 are the only survivors. Kao is put in charge of communicating with and processing the new refugees.
As Jordan and the passengers begin learning how to communicate with their "hosts," they are devastated by the news about Earth. Jordan is especially heartbroken by the loss of her 6-year-old daughter, Boo.
Despite their differences, Jordan and Kao are attracted to one another. Their loyalties will be put to the test, though, when it is discovered that all is not right on the starcruiser Savior.
Author Susan Grant is fast proving herself to be one of the premier voices in futuristic/sci-fi romances. With this very intriguing and compelling premise, Ms. Grant delivers a story that is part action, part drama and spiced with romance. (Oct., 384 pp., $5.99)