Over three years have passed since the reappearance of the starship "e;Phoenix,"e; which two centuries before left an isolated colony of humans on the world of the volatile "e;atevi."e; Since that time, humans have lived in exile on the island of Mospheira; but the unexpected return of the "e;Phoenix "e;has shattered the fragile political balance of these two nearly incompatible races. For the captains of the "e;Phoenix "e;offer the "e;atevi "e;something the Mospheiran humans never could access to the stars.
For three breakneck years the atevi labor to build a space shuttle which will bear their representatives to the "e;Phoenix,"e; to strengthen connections with their new human allies and retain their bid for control of their world. But as soon as the shuttle proves spaceworthy, the captains of the "e;Phoenix "e;suddenly recall their planetary delegates, breaking diplomatic contact and initiating a vicious bid for political dominance.
But the powerful head of the "e;atevi's"e; Western Association is not to be outmaneuvered, and he sends his own diplomat, or "e;paidhi,"e; Bren Cameron, into space to negotiate. Thrust into a political maelstrom with almost no preparation, can Bren gain control of the station and political supremacy for the "e;atevi "e;without sparking a three-sided interspecies war?
The long-running "e;Foreigner "e;series can also be enjoyed by more casual genre readers in sub-trilogy installments. "e;Precursor "e;is the 4th "e;Foreigner "e;novel. It is also the 1st book in the second subtrilogy."e;
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