A millennium from w, twenty-three-year-old Jare Redding is alone in this life, eager to leave Earth and forget his past. Against steep odds, he has been selected to take part in the colonization of a distant planet, just as he has hoped. All that stands between him and his voyage through the stars is a year of Agricultural Service, a civic duty made mandatory centuries ago, after billions died in global wars that left Earth devastated. For most, Service is a mir detour of life, a way for young citizens to learn to appreciate the bounty of their home planet, but for Jare it will be much more. There, in the midst of millions of acres of farmland, his resolve to leave will be tested, his secrets laid bare, and his newfound friends--and enemies--will make him question everything he kws.