Gifted photographer Charlotte Hemming has crash-landed on Mars . . . in the middle of a war! On a covert mission to discover the British government's activities on the red planet, Hemming, A.K.A. "Catherine Prosper" of Ministry Intelligence, escaped the attack on her transport shuttle only by the ejection of her life pod. What is it about this battle that has consumed the lives of so many soldiers, and what does Prime Minister Spry have up his nasty little sleeve? As the last great battle in the War of the Worlds rages around her, and the Martians close in, she stumbles across the secret history of the planet . . . and an even greater revelation that could spell the extinction of all human life on Earth!