All That Was Asked
For the wild beast … freedom, even from compassion.
For the person … all that is asked.
– from the Physician’s Oath
Varayla Ansegwe — perpetual student, aspiring poet, and scion of the (allegedly) criminal Syndicate — didn’t volunteer for this alternate-world exploration mission, and the rest of the crew have had it up to here with this pampered noof.
When a strange-looking creature dashes out of the forest, pursued by alien hunters, and desperate for help, Ansegwe insists on saving its life. He sees a kindred spirit — a courageous, imaginative intelligence — but team leaders perceive only an injured animal. He has leverage, as heir to the expedition sponsor, but problems multiply when he takes the alien home.
To prove the creature is a person, Ansegwe breaks free of his undirected youth and problematic family … shattering rules and making discoveries that will change his world.