Ronan VelKalevi is a human trapped between two worlds. As a child, he was kidnapped by an alien race called the Shaauri, who've been in conflict with his kind for 20-plus years. The time of Ronan's abduction was the start of the current battles, when most of the telepathic humans (called Kinsmen) chose to side with the Shaauri.

Captain Cynara D'Accorso of the Pegasus is very, very good at what she does. An outcast from her world, Cynara knows her ability to sidestep the Shaauri blockade brings vital supplies to her people. When she spies Ronan fleeing from a Shaauri warship, she intervenes and saves his life.

The discovery that he is also a telepath concerns Cynara, for it may be difficult to divine his true intentions. But neither Ronan nor Cynara can escape the feelings of passion and love that engulf them. The futures of their worlds could be irrevocably changed by their actions.

Krinard first explored the worlds of the Shaauri and humans in the Out of This World anthology. Using her remarkable storytelling ability, she's created a complex world filled with conflict, passion, treachery and love. (May, 416 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith