Devlin is a top agent for the Inner Worlds Council Security force -- a spy in common terms -- and she's not very happy with an assignment to the backwater world of Forest. However, when a top-ranking scientist arrives on world, Devlin thinks she might be able to pick up a little bit more information . . . and that's something the locals fear.
Devlin has arrived on Summer where she expects to do nothing more than keep watch over Cha and Dancer. However, even before the two arrive, she's found trouble of a different kind. Even though the people of Summer are leaving as the world begins a long, inhospitable descent into winter, there's still time for deceit, lies and murder.
How much of a shock would it take to bring down civilization on the oldest colony? Devlin is afraid she's going to find out when a plague strikes Terra Nova, unless she and her team can stop the spread of something no one truly understands.
Devlin's team has spent over a year on earth at Keri's chateau recovering from the Terra Nova assignment. Finally given a new job by the Inner Worlds Council Security, Devlin, Dancer, and Cha journey to Astrakhan where several scientists have disappeared. Etech Cha Hao Chan looks like excellent bait and Devlin is grateful for a straight-forward assignment this time.
Devlin and her weary team leave Astrakhan, intent on getting back to their home on Earth and where they can recover from the last case (Devlin's Team #4 -- Missing Persons). However, an unplanned brief stop at the popular Aldebaran Station, unfortunately, leads to a whole new set of problems when they meet up with some of Devlin's old friends, including a Lindy Pirate and his companions.
Learn how Devlin, a port rat with a bad attitude and worse reputation, joined the elite Inner Worlds Council Security force (6240 words). Also included is the first chapter of Devlin's Team File # 1: Dancer