The American President announces plans for a space station that will orbit the Earth with a crew of ten-thousand, the largest number ever to live off-Earth and the true beginning of humanity as a spacefaring race. But his plans draw out both the hopes and fears of the nation, and soon the project becomes embroiled in controversy and dispute. Secret factories are built, a powerful industrialist becomes involved, and young people flock to massive protests across the land. It is up to a small group of journalists, led by a reclusive writer and his trusted investigator, to get to the bottom of the story before America tears itself apart. And, as he writes the story, and she tries to get close to those involved, a deeper question emerges – will the station ever get to be built at all?