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The crew of the Icarus is used to high-stress situations: their ship is designed to dive into the heart of a star to collect scientific data for research. But when they discover an alien artifact hovering in low orbit of the Sun, the attempt to retrieve it pushes them to the breaking point.Captain Gordon Markov is more than happy to oversee his final mission on board Icarus. And Doctor Stephen Straub is more than happy to be a part of the prestigious research team assigned to the ship. Testing out the Icarus's new heatshielding is the plan, but the artifact in orbit of the Sun leads Doctor Catherine Tybalt, head of the research team, to press the captain to retrieve the object for further analysis. The interior of the artifact is hollow -- a void -- and should be incinerated, but it's perfectly intact. If they can discover what makes the object naturally resilient to the radiation of the Sun, perhaps it can be used for future development in stardiving. With a risky plan in place, Captain Markov reluctantly agrees. However, the artifact emits a strange radiation that affects not just the operational systems of the ship, but also the crew itself. Once the artifact is on board, research begins, and the scientists discover the terrifying secret of the void...but when they do, the fate of the ship may have already been sealed.