By Alan Dean Foster
The newly came upon planet of Senisran was once a veritable paradise. Its immense oceans have been dotted with hundreds of thousands of lush islands containing colossal deposits of rare-earths and minerals. yet Senisran used to be additionally the Humanx Commonwealth's challenge baby, for every island used to be inhabited by means of a distinct tribe of aboriginal natives whose customs and tribal rites assorted from island to island. every one needed to be negotiated with individually for mining rights, and the Commonwealth was once locked in a race opposed to the vicious AAnn Empire to safe these rights.
Now the clans of the Parramat Archipelago on Senisran have been resisting entreaties by way of the Commonwealth and AAnn alike. So, xenologist and first-contact professional Pulickel Tomochelor was once dispatched from Earth to deal with this delicate and obdurate negotiation. more well-off with extraterrestrial beings than along with his personal species, and assured in his awesome skill to speak with them, Pulickel seemed ahead to a brief project and a successful go back to Earth.
But he hadn't counted at the remarkable mystery of Parramat: the unusual eco-friendly stones that the natives used to bless the plants, be sure ample fishing, heal the injured and ailing, and keep watch over the elements. inside of those stones lay an grand expertise the starting place of which used to be misplaced in time, know-how that needed to be saved from the AAnn at any cost.
In his prior travels round the planets of the Commonwealth, Pulickel had visible many wonders, yet by no means any like this. And he had noticeable the consequences of evil on either beings and planets, yet he by no means anticipated to satisfy the very essence of evil face-to-face…
Originally released 1997 by means of Del Rey.