In this dystopian novel for middle school students, an enormous comet is headed towards Earth that will devastate the planet and destroy mankind. The Pleiades Corp. has offered to transport a few hundred, nondisabled scientists and their children to the planet Sagan, so that the human race may begin again. Petra Pena and her family are among this group of brave pioneers.
Petra, however, agonizes that she must leave her “abuelita,” behind. Her grandmother is the family storyteller and keeper of traditions. Petra also fears that Pleiades Corp. will notice that she has a disability and will not let her join her father, mother, and brother. Luckily, her poor eyesight is not detected, and Petra is prepared by Pleiades Corp. for stasis, or a long sleep aboard the spaceship.