In this alternate history novel, what-if Ronald Reagan became President in 1976 instead? He continues with the moon landings, and declares that a moon base would be established, followed by a Mars Base by 1989. The Soviets decide to up the ante by building an interstellar starship, and send it on its way as the US establishes a permanent presence on the Moon.
Terrorism rears its ugly head, which will forever change American politics, but not the Space Race. The new President of the United States has to pursue these enemies of the U.S. to secure America's future. We follow America's progress from Moon to Mars to an eventual starship mission out of the solar system, where unintended consequences of their actions affect not just Earth, but the rest of the galaxy as well. Will they be able to fix the timeline? Or, will their actions make things worse?