Aspiring young pilot Matt Cruse and budding biologist Kate de Vries, his girlfriend, are invited to join the crew of the Starclimber-a unique vessel that hoists its way into the heavens. Yet before they step aboard, Kate drops a bombshell: She's engaged-but not to Matt. As the Starclimber rises higher into space, it encounters bizarre life-forms and then crippling mechanical failure. Soon, what began as a race to the stars becomes a struggle for survival. Skillfully balancing humor, romance, and pulse-pounding suspense, Kenneth Oppel delivers a compelling adventure that frees listeners from mundane cares and sets their spirits soaring.