Kansas: not long from now. The portal program sends men and women across the universe to make contact with other species. Best job on the planet. Cassie’s job, before she aged out: too slow, too worn, too 26. Now she’s just an analyst, crunching data, writing reports, grounded. She caught Jesse, though, the foreign terrestrial that no one can predict and no one can control. He’s got a gleam in his eye that says he’s looking for trouble, and Cassie’s going to be right in the thick of it.