In the year 2487, mankind has established their first interstellar civilization. Twenty light-years from Earth, among the Libra constellation, exists a planetary system known as Gliese-581. Within this system, Zarmina, the sixth planet, remains in a tidally-locked orbit around Gliese, its star. It is a red dwarf, twice as old as our own sun, and destined to burn twice as long.
For over one hundred years, Earth has been sending colony ships to terraform and colonize Zarmina. A shipbuilding company has constructed a new type of colony ship, the Duskrider, that supports a fully-functioning society for this lengthy journey.
Now, after twenty years, the Duskrider has entered the Gliese system. It is ten days from docking at the interstellar port in the Zarminian city of Vogt. Aboard the ship, the inhabitants eagerly await the start of their new lives.