Venus is the second planet in the Solar System. It is subject to extremes of temperature - as high as 800 degrees Fahrenheit - atmospheric pressure up to one hundred times that of Earth, violent windstorms, and in the upper atmosphere, a constant, concentrated rain of sulfuric acid.
There is only one colony on Venus, a small research station set at the top of Ishtar Terra; a seventeen kilometer tall plateau, high enough that the temperature is a manageable 210 degrees Fahrenheit, but still low enough that the acid rain is whipped back into the upper atmosphere with a few kilometers safety margin. Solar powered cooling units keep the domed laboratory at a comfortable temperature, while the scientists and technologists research ways to harness the power of the awesome Venerian winds. The colony is headed by Captain Vic "Dakota" Hayes, a young and very talented research scientist.