Red Novak is a genius and intuitive pilot with a penchant for risk-taking. As a teenager living on Mars, she would often sneek out to fly dare-devil runs with her friends through Noctis Labyrinthus, a maze like region of narrow, steep walled canyons. For many years, she's lived with anxiety and depression which has shaped her thoughtful, introspective, but realistic philosophy.
She struggled at the Academy flight school because of her unorthodox methods and disregard for protocol. And while she did eventually graduate as a pilot, she had also earned a reputation and record that scared off most captains.
The Rustican is her first assignment and she is under no illusions - the missions are bad, the ship is a wreck, the crew are all misfits. For the first time in years, she feels at home.