In this sequel to Acorna: The Unicorn Girl (HarperPrism, 1997/VOYA December 1997), Acorna has grown into a lovely adolescent humanoid whose physical appearance is reminiscent of the fabled unicorn. Her human protectors plan to help her seek her home world, but she and Calum leave prematurely and follow an unpredictable path on their mission to search the sector of space where her survival pod was launched from. Subsequent events intervene with her quest for home. Acorna and Calum are captured by Starfarers, who threaten to alter an agricultural planet's weather if the planet does not give in to their demands. The sudden appearance of four beings with Acorna's physical characteristics causes much consternation, especially because they bring word of a potential invasion by a warlike race called the Khleevi. A space battle in which the Red Bracelet forces use the captured weather control programs to defeat the Khleevi, and the reunion of Acorna with her people, form the conclusion to this space opera. All details are neatly wrapped up in the conclusion, which still provides the opportunity for another sequel. Told in apparently unrelated chapters that follow the actions of unconnected characters, everything is brought together in the final chapters. A lengthy prologue provides enough knowledge of the previous book so that this novel stands alone. The characterization is somewhat lacking, and although the authors did make efforts to differentiate the characters, they did not succeed in making either the humans or the Linyaari (Acorna's people) stand out as individuals. Only Acorna, with her empathy for all humans, especially children, her desire to use her talents to help all who need it, and her determination to find her own people, comes across as a character the reader cares about. The writing is often choppy and brief; actions that drive the plot forward often take place outside the action of the novel. While it almost reads like an expanded outline of a novel rather than the complete novel, McCaffrey and Acorna fans will delight in this. VOYA Codes: 3Q 4P J S (Readable without serious defects, Broad general YA appeal, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).