Kasker is the story of a futuristic anthropologist named Shandra-Trax and her efforts to save the isolated Kasker Nomads from removal and genocide. Trax makes her living working for the government as a fieldworker who does mini-studies of “primitives” slated for removal by the ever-expanding Imperium. The only research in which she takes pride is her first fieldwork with her beloved Kasker Nomads. Her attempts to avoid considering the ethics of her job are shattered when she is chosen to do a new study of the Kaskers who are scheduled for removal when a bonanza of flashstones is discovered in Kaskerland by Imperial geologists. She is not sure there is anything effective she can do to help but feels compelled to try. To accomplish her mission she reluctantly enlists the services of pilot and ex-husband, the smart but untrustworthy Diomedes-Donly, to get her to the Kaskers.
About the Author
Sharlotte Donnelly, anthropologist, is the author (as Sharlotte Neely) of the well-reviewed, non-fiction book, Snowbird Cherokees, and a consultant on the award-winning film of the same name. A native of Savannah, Georgia, she holds degrees from both Georgia State University in Atlanta and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a professor at Northern Kentucky University. Kasker is her first work of fiction.