by C. J. Cherryh
Release date: 1979
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction

After a hundred pioneer years the colony on Hestia seemed to be nearing its end. Its holdings on that green and fertile planet were still limited to a single river in one valley. Everywhere else hostile fauna hedged them in.

A dam could break the deadlock, and they needed an engineer to construct it for them. Sam Merrit was the man who came in answer to their S.O.S. – and he wanted out as soon as he had landed. But once down on Hestia, it was live or die with the colony.

So Sam stayed – to discover certain anomalies that the hardscrabble colonists had thrust from their minds.

(updated 2017-01-17)

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