Author(s): Anne McCaffrey
Acorna's people, the Linyaari, have started to reclaim their homeworld from the ravages of the brutal alien Khieevi. But the expedition has unlocked a larger mystery about the origins of the Linyaari people - one that has led Aari, Acorna's lifemate, into a dangerous journey through time and space. Now Acorna, joined by Captain Becker, Mac, Nadhari, and RK, sets off on a mission to save her beloved Aari. But a crash landing brings the crew to the exotic jungle world of Makahomia, home of the mysterious Temple Cats. Beautiful and barbaric, Makahomia has been blockaded for years to protect itself- and the Federation. Racing to save the Temple Catsrrom from a deadly disease, Acorna uncovers a plot to destroy the sacred felines and exploit Makahomia's people, and finds herself leading a small band of rebels determined to stop the conspiracy - a quest that takes them into the hidden sanctuaries of that world. But within one sacred shrine Acorna discovers shocking information that may lead to Aari... or to disaster.