A daring heroine, a mysterious alien, a wild adventure.
Hickory Lace is an empath, but her sixth sense has lain dormant for years.
When the father who abandoned her as a child formally requests Hickory's release from the Alien Corps to check out the political stability on the remote planet Prosperine, she knows he's hiding something, but what?
Hickory's superiors are reluctant to let her go after her last mission failed so spectacularly. But they agree on the proviso she checks out an alien spiritualist known as the teacher. They believe he could be the one referred to in an ancient prophecy discovered nearly a hundred years before.
Prosperine is Earth's primary source of the liquid metal Crynidium, essential for faster-than-light space travel. When Hickory arrives, she discovers a planet drenched in radiation and a revolutionary who wants to auction off the precious metal and return the planet's society to the dark ages.
Outnumbered and outgunned, Hickory is faced with a choice. Admit to yet another failure and abandon the planet to its fate or use the powerful empathic gift she was born with, and at the same time determine exactly who or what the teacher represents.