By Timothy Zahn
In the months considering that destiny threw them jointly, they have been via much. but if Jack attempts to hack the pc in an workplace 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 one more outfit, involves his rescue. Evading pursuit, they break out 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 surprising discovery: touring with a gaggle 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. 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 woodland, 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, maintaining the Phookas from hazard as they trip deep into the unexplored wooded area. yet much more importantly, he needs to safeguard 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 . . .