David Lodger leaves his home in the Backlands of New Cumberland, and starts his first year of college at Bhrama University. The first Freni he meets threatens him with a sword, then invites him to... More > lunch. Later, when he finds where David is from, the Freni tries to kill him again.
David spends his year surrounded by a multitude of memorable characters, political intrigue, and the never-ending threat of the term project.< Less
Dutch's first memory of Lucan was a drunk, angry man screaming at him for messing up his life. His second memory, from five years after the first, was of Lucan in priestly garb trying to lecture... More > Dutch against making costly mistakes. Five years after that, when the seventeen-year old Dutch is hired by the Free Spacers to work on the same spaceship with Lucan, he rebuffs the older man and vows that will he will never acknowledge Lucan as his biological father. But when a two-week homeleave thrusts Dutch into the unfamiliar, hostile society of the Free Spacers, Dutch finds he needs Lucan’s help to avoid danger. Can he put aside the hurt and pain of his childhood to see Lucan as he really is?< Less