What Edgar Lee Masters did for his Spoon River, Illinois, Mary Jo Rabe creates on the planet Mars with her Blue Sunset. Over a hundred and fifty of the first settlers on Mars look back on their lives, their stories, their triumphs and failures, their loves and losses. A representative sample of what Earth had to offer, the good and the bad, the thoughtful and the clueless, the doers and the quitters, the lovers and the leaders, the vigilantes and the virtuous - they did what they had to do.
They thought they would remake the red planet, but the planet changed them. These epitaphs tell their stories, their adventures, their crimes, and their good deeds while the universe has the last word on this first settlement.