An unconscious girl found on a clump of floating kelp radically complicates Bernardo's life. Ondas is officially designated an uninhabited world, so why has the government been hiding the existence of the planet's indigenous people?
In its efforts to colonize the solar system, the League has reached an ocean planet populated by an inscrutable race of seafaring people, whose center of life and culture is the worship of silence. Their ways could not contrast more sharply with the newcomers' machines and bureaucratic rule. Colonization is abruptly halted and only a select few are granted access to the new planet. Save for a few fanciful tales, the existence of the seafarers is wiped clean from history.
Three decades later, Bernardo, an introverted young officer with the simple ambitions of a field biologist, is assigned to Ondas as part of a new colonization initiative. The League has also brought with them a host of servant-technicians, once the nomadic people of Od-Siing, a subjugated planet-moon.
Imagine his surprise when the young scientist finds the native child on a routine survey mission. In this distant ocean planet fraught with ubiquitous storms, Bernardo's discovery propels him into a covert world that is opposed to League hegemony.
Through new friends and uneasy alliances, the young scientist uncovers the existence of a genocidal policy of his government directed against the child's aboriginal culture. By committing himself to the girl's survival and that of her people, Bernardo discovers an ancient truth that will shake the foundations of worlds and foster the seeds of emancipation.
About the Author
Written from a cross-cultural point of view, the story will interest readers who are looking for speculative fiction that is action-packed and character-driven.
I wrote Strangers in the Gale while living among indigenous people of the Andes Mountains. Their lives motivated me to write a story with a unique cultural perspective on liberation, friendship, and a spiritual connection to the natural world.