Espionage, Explosions, and a Planet-Saving Energy Source! Fast action and fierce rivalries drive the suspense in this story told by two very different characters! A devastated Earth's last hope are the Pearls — small, mysterious orbs of energy that fall from space and are capable of powering whole cities. Battling to control them are the Skyship dwellers, political dissidents who live in massive ships in the Earth's stratosphere, and the corrupt Surface government. Jesse Fisher, a Skyship slacker, and Cassius Stevenson, a young Surface operative, cross paths when they both venture into forbidden territory in pursuit of Pearls. But their mysterious chance encounter triggers an unexpected reaction, endowing each boy with remarkable — and dangerous — abilities that their respective governments would stop at nothing to possess. Now, these enemies are thrust together with a common goal: to uncover the truth about their new powers, a past they didn't know they shared, and a shocking secret about the Pearls.