Dragon's Fire (Dragonriders of Pern, The)
by Anne McCaffrey
Del Rey Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 0345480287
Date: 11 July, 2006 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
From publicity material: Mining firestone -- the mineral that allows the dragons of Pern to breathe fire -- is one of the most hazardous jobs on the planet and is usually done by the Shunned, people who have committed crimes against the community. When mine #9 explodes, killing the miners trapped there, young Cristov volunteers to take over. Will he survive the dangers of mining the explosive rock, or will the dragons' flame be forever extinguished, leaving Pern defenseless?
(Source: Del Rey)