The story is set about 30 years from now, humanity has yet to restart space exploration in a serious way. Despite the turmoil the world is in, one guy refuses to let that dream die.
It was inspired by the idea that a one way trip to mars is actually achievable today at a very low cost. It wouldn’t even be a suicide mission necessarily. A base module could be sent first. All the needs for a small group of people to live in and study mars.