Years of calling out into the empty
reaches of space have convinced man we are alone. But are we?
A group of men, women and children stand together on the soil of a new
planet, looking up to the stars as the flag of Earth is unfurled.
But the peace of the night is shattered by alien warplanes. The colony
Back on Earth, Nathan West and his
partner Kylen Celina are nervously going through the final checks in preparation
for the launch that will take them to the new colony of Tellus and their
dream of building a new world together. But mere hours before the
launch they are informed that only one of them can go. Ten members
of the crew are to be replaced by In Vitros, people artificially gestated
in gestation chambers, known as "tanks". Nathan and Kylen decide
that Kylen must go alone, and the only possible way Nathan can hope to
eventually be re-united with her is to join the Marines and hope to become
a colonial sentry.
Shane Vansen visits her former home
on a military base in San Diego. There she relives her parents' brutal
murder at the hands of Artificial Intelligence terrorists. Placing
a wreath on the very spot where they died, Shane squares her shoulders
and sets off to join the Marines.
A building site in Philadelphia and
Cooper Hawkes is running for his life. His workmates have discovered
he is an In Vitro, a despised "tank" and now they intend to string him
up from a girder. But Cooper is no easy mark. He fights back, and
the thugs scatter. Seizing an iron bar Cooper chases the ringleader
into the street where he dives into the back of a police car. Incensed
that the man who tried to kill him is now being protected by the police,
Cooper starts smashing the police car. He is quickly stunned unconscious
by the police, still entangled in the wire the lynch mob tried to hang
him with. He is sentenced to serve a term in the Marines rather than
go to prison.
With war suddenly breaking out the
training of the new recruits begins in earnest. Nathan West is still
angry at his treatment, and, when he hears that the Tellus colony ship
has been shot down, terrified for Kylen. Only faith that she is among
the few missing survivors keeps him going. Shane, having decided to join
the Marines for herself, and to get away from looking after her younger
sisters, is exasperated to find all members of the squadron looking to
her for guidance. Cooper is sullen and rebellious. Three people
thrown together for very different reasons, and the only way for them and
their squad mates to survive is to learn to work together as a team.