The front line of the War of the Worlds has been taken to the red planet itself! After almost four decades of conflict, the British invasion of Mars has ground into a bloody stalemate. The nation is cracking at the seams, and liberties are being revoked as Prime Minister Spry struggles to maintain order at home while waging war another world away. What does Spry have up his nasty little sleeve? Robert Autumn, aged gentleman adventurer and hero of Scarlet Traces, is determined to find out! He approaches the gifted photojournalist Charlotte Hemming with an offer she can't refuse - a covert mission that will send her straight to Mars, and into the heart of the beast! As the last great battle in the War of the Worlds rages around her, and the Martians close in, she stumbles across a secret history of the planet...and an even greater revelation that could spell the extinction of all human life on Earth.