The Martian mission of "Ares-3" in the course of work was forced to leave urgently the planet because of the approaching sandstorm. The engineer and the biologist Mark Watney received injury of a space suit during a sandstorm. Employees of a mission, having considered him the dead, were evacuated from the planet, having left Mark of one.
Having regained consciousness, Watney finds out that communication with Earth is absent, but at the same time the inhabited module completely functions. The main character begins to look for a way to hold on on the available stocks of food, vitamins, water and air 4 more years to an arrival of the next mission of "Ares-4".