By Timothy Zahn
Jack Morgan has had it tough. He was once orphaned at 3, then misplaced his Uncle Virgil ten years later. however the plucky fourteen-year-old didn't comprehend what tough was once till he met Draycos, sole survivor of an enhance strength of alien refugees that have been brutally ambushed over the area the place Jack was once in hiding from the professionals. The K'da poet-warrior had to bond with a number, or he could die; the reformed boy thief and con artist wanted a chum, anyone he may rely on as he attempted to transparent his identify. because then they've shaped a different crew, made up our minds to discover and reveal 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 results in the jaws of that mercenary organization's trap.
Luckily, Alison Kayna, a woman Jack had labored with as a reluctant mercenary for an additional 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 not like Draycos's humans, those K'da--known as Phookas--are sluggish, torpid, and unintelligent. whilst 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 defense within the wooded area, those unlucky creatures turns into the newest 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, preserving the Phookas from hazard as they go back and forth deep into the unexplored woodland. yet much more importantly, he needs to defend from the mercenaries and Alison the darkish mystery of the herd and Jack's poet-warrior best friend. provided that they be successful do they stand an opportunity of surviving Rho Scorvi to proceed their quest . . .
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