In Ark Three, telepathy and parapsychology are the norm. All members of the Ark join together in a seamless web. All except for Ruth. Ruth cannot mindmeld. Ruth is stupid and different. And miserable. But when she sneaks out of the Ark she finds, not only freedom, but her Gift. And this gift calls the members of her Ark to leave the security of their home in search of other Arks.
Monica Hughes OC (1925–2003), was a Canadian science fiction author. Her last name was Ince until she married Glen Hughes. She was born in Liverpool, England, and emigrated to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1952. Monica Hughes had lived in Cairo, Egypt, Africa and other countries. She died in Edmonton at the age of 77 from a stroke. In World War II, she served in the Women's Royal Naval Service.
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