After intercepting a spaceship of extraordinarily high capability, crewed by creatures from a world nine light years distant, the judge warrior, Duun-atani instigates the genetic engineering of a child from the last of the spaceship's crew. Dunn calls the resulting boy - Thorn.
Duun hopes that, Thorn, after becoming integrated into their society and, through the use of archive recordings found on the spaceship, will become sufficiently well versed in both cultures' traits, that he can mediate between the two if they should meet up, again. From Duun's perspective this could be at any time: neither he nor anyone else are sure of the spaceship's real capability despite having duplicated one, and Duun's people are incapable of speaking or interpreting the information on the recordings. It is hoped that Thorn will have inherited the means by which he can grasp the meaning of the recordings. Thorn has, so Dunn instructs Thorn to send a message. After which, they wait.
The review of this Book prepared by Charles Smyth