17-year-old Philadelphia has been imprisoned most of her life because of her Christian beliefs. When her father is sent to Mars against his will to work on a mysterious science project and a benevolent official allows her to accompany him, Philadelphia knows she must keep her head down or be sent back to prison on Earth. But when she stumbles into the wrong hallway and accidentally learns too much, Philadelphia is faced with a question she doesn’t want to answer: the choice between returning to Earth—or destroying it.
Ephesus is a talented young scientist who has spent the last several years of his life in prison for his Christian beliefs. When he is personally summoned to Mars to work for a prestigious governor, who promises his family’s release in exchange for providing a formula needed to complete an important project, Ephesus thinks he may have found his ticket to freedom. But when the project becomes progressively more sinister—and his enigmatic overseer refuses to answer questions—Ephesus begins to wonder if the offer is too good to be true.
Christmastime in post-war colonial America is strained by politics, social divides, and the fragile borders drawn between newborn countries. An Irish slave spends his first cold winter away from his family. An exiled British nobleman attempts to recreate the traditions of the motherland on hostile soil. And a spirited Patriot and a fiery British noblewoman share a dance at a holiday party – but could it be more than just a dance? Can the spirit of the holiday bridge even the divides of war? A collection of seven Christmas short stories featuring the characters from Peter’s Angel.