Dr. Sakota Thorell is the lead Doctor on a space exploration from Earth. Earth is in ruin. Humans have destroyed their home, destroyed each other, and now their best hope for survival is to find a new planet. She always expected to find alien life but not to find it (him) floating outside the window of her lab. Astraeus looks human but his differences are vast. His body, mind, and soul are superior. He is evolved in a way humans could only aspire to. But he is alone, the last of his kind. Lethal aliens attacked and destroyed his homeworld and he was the lone survivor. Sakota and Astraeus have an instant bond but he has unknowingly brought the danger with him. His rescue may not be the salvation they were hoping for, but their end. This book was not what I was expecting at all. It's a thoughtful sci-fi romance. Its release is timely, to say the least coming the same week that Earth's scientists issue a statement that unless we can reverse current temperature changes our planet will be irreversibly damaged putting all life in peril. Unfortunately, I don't see actual humans responding any better than the historical fictional humans of this book. It's a true cautionary tale! I won't even touch the political history mentioned in the book, except to hope that it's not an omen. I do appreciate that multiple sides of humanity were presented. The same characteristics that make us violent and thoughtless can also help us survive. It's our nature, good and bad. Sakota was one of our best. Brilliant, grateful, curious, and thoughtful. Astraeus was a wonder. His physical and mental make-up, his strength and restraint. I enjoyed getting to know him through Sakota. The story itself was multi-layered, sweet, interesting, and exciting. I look forward to more. The next story of resilience and survival and love.