What is a soldier to do when it's time to retire? In this case he lives five hundred years into the future. And also at this time, there is still a tiny pearl of a planet called Earth but it struggles to support the one hundred million or so souls that still remain there; the rest of humanity has long expanded light years beyond its tiny orbit to near and deep space colonies that support trillions. Mark has an idea though. He'd like to hunt for what every man for the last four centuries has dreamt of - discovering another inhabitable water planet. One unaffected by the man made hydrocarbon imbalance that had ruined his beloved home. And one that with a little good old human adaptation could become virtually 'move in ready'. It has happened once before after all, with the relatively easy discovery of the planet Nouveau Paris. Why can't it happen again? Well, many men have tried, even immortal men, and almost endless amounts of technology have been applied to this quest over the centuries, but they were not Mark and they did not have the Nina. So in this story a soldier retires and an adventurer is born.