Anika Jespers, a homesteader's daughter on a Gaian
colony, thinks she's destined for a dull existence on her family's farm.
But when her father makes an impossible bargain with their neighbor,
one of the alien Zhore, she faces a future different from anything she
could have possibly imagined.
familiar story of Beauty and the Beast takes on new life in this
inventive SF romance novella, with the Beauty a homesteader's daughter
and the Beast an alien on a faraway colony world. This book includes the follow-up short story, "A Simple Gift."
SF romance • 36,000 words
Publication date: June 2011