Commander Vernan disliked what he privately called the 'sheep dog' role, showing the Federation flag round the outpost colonies. For some twenty years now the breakaway cartel, Associated Planets, had steadily been upping the ante in the fringe colonies. This mission, overtly a colonial contact and resupply with the latest medical and technical upgrades, was also a recon militarily speaking, and the chance of a serious fire fight was not to be discounted.
He also discovers the breakaway cartel Associated Planets have fostered civil war on Armon bringing a resurgence of religious patriarchy to threaten the social order.
The flight crews isolated on Armon find remnants of an earlier civilisation. They become embroiled in the rebels fight for social and military survival. Collie as nominal Flight Leader and her Tech Specialist Vella must find the means to aid the rebels and establish contact the 'First People.' Collie also must come to terms with her budding relationship with Vella.
About the Author
I live in Koroit Victoria in southern Australia. I never thought I would live ion the side of a dormant volcano. I blame Asimov for my love of SF and Ursula Le Guin for setting my feet on the path of Fantasy.