"Tracker"is the sixteenth installment of CJ Cherryh's acclaimed Foreigner series.
It s been a year of upheaval, since Bren Cameron s return from space a year when he and the aiji-dowager, one of his most powerful"atevi"allies, returned home from their two-year interstellar mission to find the government overthrown and their world in chaos.
Now, at last, things are calming down; the Assassins Guild is functioning again, working out its internal difficulties, and Bren is settling back into his routine: not as Lord of the Heavens; not to his regret as Lord of Najida peninsula, where his leisure estate is located; but as paidhi-aiji, an official in the"atevi"court.
His current ambition is to keep himself and his bodyguard out of harm s way, and to shepherd the aiji-dowager s daring new trade agreement through the appropriate legislative committees. Combined with Tabini-aiji s recent appointment of his young son Cajeiri as his official heir, Bren s workload is challenging, but at least things on the"atevi"world seem to be on the right track.
Something is coming, however, quietly, stealthily, just the first ominous twinkle of a new star in the heavens ."
A Foreigner Novel