By Margaret Ball, Anne McCaffrey
"I needs to locate my very own kind!"
Found as an little one drifting in house, Acorna, the Unicorn woman, has develop into a tender girl. She nonetheless has her tiny, translucent horn, and her "funny" toes and arms. And, she nonetheless has her brilliant skill to make crops develop and heal human sickness.
yet Acorna has unusual goals of a steady people who mind-speak via touching horns. along with her "Uncle" Calum, one of many 3 grizzled asteroid prospectors who rescued, secure, and raised her, she units off to discover her humans. No does she depart than a mysterious craft seems, piloted through the Linyaari, a steady race with telepathic powers.
The Linyaari are roaming the galaxy, spreading the alarm in regards to the lethal Khleev--And trying to find a loved little woman that they had given up for misplaced, lengthy ago...
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