In the mundane world, Eve Ocotillo plays a scientist. She escapes from the grind by conjuring tough and conflicted men and then throwing them at each other in romantic and not-so-romantic situations. Her stories range from alternate history to contemporary to science fiction, and are influenced by her interest in diverse social issues, her fascination with the natural environment, and her fundamentalist upbringing. She doesn’t much like TV, but her Xbox and a new RPG can suck her in for weeks at a time.
As social unrest on Philos escalates, Thayil is finding it harder to hide in that shadowy place between cultures. As one of his own is threated with hanging, Thayil is forced to decide who he will be. Then Dustin launches himself into an explosion of violence, and Thayil prays he can reach him before it's too late.
On new world Philos, famine and escalating violence jeopardize human colonies, while theocratic values make life precarious for those with secrets. When radio transmission from the main uranium mine goes dark, Dustin jumps at the chance to investigate, seeing an escape from his hometown. Only problem is, his cowboy escort to the mine is a self-satisfied jerk.