Blurb for Empyrean:
Three thousand desperate souls have traveled to a planet in the habitable zone of a binary solar system, a world as strange as it is beautiful; a world they name Empyrean.
Krnar, one of the indigenous inhabitants of the planet, seeks to return to the land of his ancestors in order to find a way to lead his people out of exile. To fulfill this mission he must survive a journey many have tried, but from which no one has ever returned.
Meanwhile Jahira, a former NASA pilot, struggles to help her co-pilot, Magnar, who finds himself in a fight for his life, and his soul, after drinking from one of Empyrean’s mysterious pools of liquid silver.
Krnar discovers Jahira and Magnar after they crash their solar-powered jet in the mountains he must cross. He manages to revive them, but Magnar is no longer in control of his mind. The only man who can save him is the very one who drove Krnar’s people into exile.