It’ll take every ounce of courage and determination to remain human.
Sianhaleah V. trains to be an Eyespeaker, a member of diplomatic corps whose control over the galactic populations is through telepathic control and blackmail. She is talented because her telepathy is at the top register of the spectrum. As a star pupil she expects to get a prestigious assignment that will make her rich. When she fails her final test, she must give up her human rank and become adapted as a mutant. To resist adaptation means a death penalty. To accept it, for Sianhaleah, the same. She chooses to defy everything and everyone to remain human. There are means to do so – all are dangerous, fearful, illegal and expensive. It’s not enough to stop her. If money can buy back human perfection, she will get it. All it takes is getting to Draffit and learning to make stonechildren artifacts, which are in high demand in the galaxy. The problem is that Draffit is a closed world with a frightening reputation. No one is allowed in, no one has ever left it alive to confirm or deny such suspicions.
No matter what the hardships, Sianhaleah will reach the world and she won’t be denied entry. Once she’s on Draffit, she will use her Eyespeaker training to blackmail its inhabitants into teaching her the stonechild craft; after all, they are probably just another species of adapts, low-scale mutants.
She is prepared for everything – except Leadry, the Lord of Method, the highest administrator on Draffit, the absolute ruler of its masses; a man as perfectly human as the Eyespeakers. A cunning and determined man who not merely rivals but eclipses the Eyespeaker diplomats. A man who has long learned how to use the magic of Draffit to his advantage. A man who need not worry about time because immortality on Draffit is commonplace. A man who has all the time in the universe to fall in love and won’t be rushed, won’t be blackmailed, won’t be denied.