By Anne McCaffrey, Todd J. McCaffrey
Starting with the vintage Dragonriders of Pern, Anne McCaffrey has created a fancy, ceaselessly interesting international uniting people and nice telepathic dragons. hundreds of thousands of committed readers have soared at the glittering wings of Anne’s mind's eye, following e-book via booklet the evolution of 1 of technological know-how fiction’s so much cherished and commemorated sequence. Now, for the 1st time, Anne has invited one other author to hitch her within the skies of Pern, a author with an intimate wisdom of Pern and its heritage: her son, Todd.
Young Kindan has no expectancies except becoming a member of his father within the mines of Camp Natalon, a coal mining cost suffering to show a revenue faraway from the good Holds the place the presence of dragons and their riders potential protection and civilization. Mining is fraught with chance. thankfully, the camp has a watch-wher, a creature distantly regarding dragons and uniquely fitted to really good paintings in the dead of night, chilly mineshafts. Kindan’s father is the watch-wher’s handler, and his son occasionally is helping him out. yet even that very important activity can provide no chance outdoor the mine.
Then catastrophe moves. in a single bad quick, Kindan loses his family members and the camp loses its watch-wher. Fathers are changed by way of sons within the mine–except for Kindan, who's taken in by means of the camp’s new Harper. Grieving, Kindan reveals a degree of solace in a burgeoning musical expertise . . . and in a brand new friendship with Nuella, a mysterious woman not anyone turns out to understand exists. it's Nuella who assists Kindan while he's chosen to hatch and educate a brand new watch-wher, a task that forces him to renounce his dream of turning into a Harper; and it really is Nuella who is helping him provide new aspiring to his life.
Meanwhile, sparked through the tragedy, long-simmering tensions are dividing the camp. a ways under the skin, a gaggle of green with envy miners hides a dangerous mystery. As warring factions threaten to blow up, Nuella and Kindan start to detect unknown abilities within the misunderstood watch-wher–talents which may rather well store a complete carry. in the course of their time educating the watch-wher, the 2 research a few issues themselves: that even a possible very unlikely dream is rarely thoroughly out of succeed in . . . and that mild are available even in darkness.
From the Hardcover edition.