The sole survivor of a spaceship battle, Kurt Morgan's survival capsule finds an Earth-type planet in this unknown system. Stranded for life, he must adapt quickly to the strange terrain and even stranger inhabitants... or face extinction. But would it be possible for him to learn the ways of this totally alien culture... to entirely adapt his human reactions to their fabulous civilization and complex mores?
Kurt didn't know it yet, but before long he would be completely enveloped by this alien race and become the key figure in their great civil was. And it would take all of Kurt's brave determination and keen resources just to keep himself alive.
C. J. Cherryh (born 1942) is the pen name of Carolyn Janice Cherry, a multiple-award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer. She currently resides in Spokane County, Washington.
Cherryh is pronounced ”Cherry”. The author appended a silent ”h” to her real name because her first editor felt that ”Cherry” sounded too much like a romance writer.
The asteroid 77185 Cherryh has been named in her honour.