United Nations political animosity towards the immigrant settlers that make up the Martian Colony explodes into a Martian War of independence from Earth. The United Nations Military Space Force is surprised to find that the Marsquake rebellion is ready to challenge their efforts to suppress the insurrection. When Terra Antoni, a teenage Martian farmer's daughter, is mistreated by United Nations Secret Police, she decides to join the rebellion. Before she goes into training she watches the aerial combat death of a friend. Her reaction before a media camera makes her a public relations star of the Marsquakes rebellion. Terra's adventure in military training while becoming a celebrity introduce new friends, including two would be suitors, but that adventure turns sour when war finally reaches her.