by Edward Willett
Cover Artist: Steve Stone
DAW Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780756404642
Date: 05 February 2008 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
From back of book: Marsequro, a water world far distant form Earth, is home to a small colony of unmodified humans known as landlings, and to the Selkies, a water-dwelling race created by geneticist Victor Hansen from modified human DNA. For seventy years the Selkies and the unmodified landlings have dwelled together in peace, safe from pursuit by the current theocratic rulers of Earth -- a group intent on maintaining human genetic and religious purity.
Then landing Chris Keating, a misfit on any world, seeks personal revenge on Emily Wood and her fellow Selkies by activating a distress beacon taken from the remains of the original colony ship. When the Earth forces capture the signal and pinpoint its origin, a strike force, with Victor Hansen's own grandson Richard aboard, is sent to eradicate this abomination.
Yet Marsequro will not prove as esy to conquer as the Earth force anticipates. And what Richard Hansen discovers here may alter not only his own destiny but htat of Marseguro and Earth as well.