by J. E. Andrews
In the future, humans have joined a vast star-civilization. Prof. Val Pelayrm hunts the origin of the Scribes and an unimaginable treasure. Sea is a member of the elite squad assigned to guard her. Traitors on their starship are the least of their concern when Val's pet, Azkor, an unknown alien species, reveals plans of his own, linking Val and Sea mentally and transforming them. But to what end?