The Mad Fisherman's Daughter: Christabel, daughter of Janek the fisherman and Eleen the magistrate, can't stop the mysterious aliens called Ast from annexing her home colony-not even by using her power as a Sector High Court justice. So, like it or not, duty calls her back to the last place in the universe she wants to see again.
What Chris doesn't know is that her aging father's increasingly troublesome visions are actually nightmarish memories from his time as a prisoner aboard an Ast starship. Now their planet's population will live or die, depending on how quickly Chris can unlock those memories' meaning-and on how successfully she can outwit a species that stands to lose everything, if humans and Ast make peace. Gay cpmtemt/