Our hero, sitting alone in a ready room in an above-top-secret facility that the rest of the world will never know existed. A countdown timer, ticking away, menacingly. Only a handful of days left. A map showing some kind of object that appears to be approaching our solar system from interstellar space. She’s ignoring the countdown and the map and looking at something through the glass — something shadowy but dimly glowing. She is anxious.