John Adams, newly graduated from the Glenn Space Academy, is ordered to go to the Mars Station, and upgrade the station's shields.
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When the pirate ship "Hook" torpedoes a freighter almost within sight of the Mars Station, John, with Katy Walls as backup, goes to the station to beef up the shields.
With John working to get the shield beefed up before the pirates attack the station, and the pirates trying to get their ships equiped with the new opto cannons before the shields are fixed, it comes down to who's going to win, John or the pirates.
"If you go to Mars you die!"
"My name's Katy, and don't you forget it, cadet!
"I aint sayin nothin. Bart's got eyes and ears here!"
"You mean Bart's got men on the station?"
"All right, one hundred and twenty percent power!"
"You mean the shields will reflect the cannon's shots?"