by Kim Antieau
Members of the mission to the planet Perez need to determine if the sloth-like native Perans are intelligent. Everyone except Beth, the mission translator, wants to finish the job and move on. When she decides to “go native,” she puts everyone, including the Perans, in danger. Then it’s up to Castillo, the mission protection agent, to decide the fate of the Perans. Is it too late to save Beth?