Federal Marshal William O'Niel is assigned to a tour of duty at the titanium ore mining outpost Con-Am 27, operated by the company Continental Amalgamated on the Jovian moon of Io. Conditions on Io are difficult; gravity is 1/6 that of Earth's with no breathable atmosphere, and the spacesuits are cumbersome with limited air. Shifts are long but significant bonuses are paid. The general manager, Mark Sheppard, boasts that productivity has broken all records since he took over. Carol, O'Niel's wife, feels she cannot raise their son Paul on Io and leaves with their child to the Jupiter space station to await a shuttle back to Earth. Tarlow, a miner, suffers an attack of stimulant psychosishe sees spiders and rips open his spacesuitresulting in death by explosive decompression. Cane, another miner, enters an elevator without his spacesuit during another psychotic episode and dies from decompression. With the reluctant assistance of Dr. Lazarus, O'Niel investigates the deaths.
|genre||action adventure science fiction thriller western|
|keywords||amphetamine attack burn out contract killer explosive decompression federal marshal hitman inside man jovian jupiter kill meat locker mine monitor murder occupational burnout one by one professional hit shoot shotgun space station stimulant psychosis suffocate surveillance camera titanium tour of duty|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing|
|productionCompany||The Ladd Company|
|theme||dystopian science fiction action science fiction thriller space western|