By Timothy Zahn
Jack Morgan has had it tough. He used to be orphaned at 3, then misplaced his Uncle Virgil ten years later. however the plucky fourteen-year-old didn't be aware of what tough was once until eventually he met Draycos, sole survivor of an increase strength of alien refugees that were brutally ambushed over the area the place Jack was once in hiding from the gurus. The K'da poet-warrior had to bond with a number, or he could die; the reformed boy thief and con artist wanted a pal, somebody he may well rely on as he attempted to transparent his identify. considering that then they've shaped a different workforce, decided to discover and divulge these chargeable for the slaughter of Draycos's team.
In the months on account that destiny threw them jointly, they've been via much. but if Jack attempts to hack the pc in an place of work of the infamous Malison Ring, their quest approximately leads to the jaws of that mercenary organization's trap.
Luckily, Alison Kayna, a woman Jack had labored with as a reluctant mercenary for one more outfit, involves his rescue. Evading pursuit, they get away to the primitive international of Rho Scorvi, the place she's deliberate a rendezvous with friends.
But on the fringe of Rho Scorvi's hundred-mile-wide wooded area, they make a stunning discovery: touring with a bunch of the planet's local Erassvas is a small misplaced colony of Draycos's personal race, the K'da. yet in contrast to Draycos's humans, those K'da--known as Phookas--are gradual, torpid, and unintelligent. while the Malison Ring tracks Jack's send, the Essenay to Rho Scorvi, Jack realizes that except he and Draycos and a reluctant Alison can lead the Phookas to protection within the wooded area, those unlucky creatures becomes the most recent sufferers of the genocide that threatens to wipe out their whole race.
Jack has already been a thief, a soldier, and a slave. Now he needs to turn into a herdsman, retaining the Phookas from chance as they trip deep into the unexplored wooded area. yet much more importantly, he needs to shield from the mercenaries and Alison the darkish mystery of the herd and Jack's poet-warrior best friend. provided that they be triumphant do they stand an opportunity of surviving Rho Scorvi to proceed their quest . . .
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