Politics on Mars made Earthmen's skin crawl. The centuries old colonization failure gave birth to a sickly civilization. But Martian minerals made inter-solar system travel possible. Now a Martian political hack, Akbari, self-styled Premier of Tharsis, holds the minerals hostage and demands sovereignty and health care advances for Martians. A charismatic engineer steps up to be Akbari's war lord, but charming young teen stands in their way. It is a parlous place to stand. Mars, never before touched by war, suddenly bristles with opposing armies and ambitious politicians. The Martian Tragedy is based on Shakespeare's play, The History of King John.