Earth is a wasteland because of the hole in the ozone
layer allowing in the U.V. Rays. People live in domes and
the wealthy live in space habitats. Terraforming of Mars
and Venus has not been a complete success. The colonists
of Goddard hire the Gaea Consortium to terraform the
planet so they and their children will be able to live
free of enclosed habitats. Dr. Graysha Brady Phillips
works for Gaea because she needs the exorbitant salary to
pay off her debts and she has heard rumors that they
practice the outlawed science of genetic engineering.
Graysha's suffers from Flaherty's Syndrome and will die at
the age of fifty as there is no cure. She hopes that the
geneticist Goddard can fix her damaged chromosomes so she
can have children that won't be carriers of the disease.
Graysha's position is tenuous because her mother, as the
head of the Eugenics Board, will carry out the law of
irradiation and sterilization if the people of Goddard are
practicing outlawed science on human beings. When Goddard
is threatened Grashya does her best to find the solution
that will save the place and people she now loves.
This science fiction story is both believable and
plausible and readers will find themselves so immersed in
the action of the characters that they will finish this
book in one sitting. The audiences care deeply for the
heroine who knows that she will die at a young age but
live each day to its fullest and doesn't feel sorry for
herself. Kathy Tyers is a talented writer who is a
fantastic world builder in the tradition of Karen Hancock.
Dr. Graysha Brady-Phillips is suffering from a genetic
disease that causes weakness and early death. When she is
offered a position on planet Goddard, where the average
life span exceeds 150 years, she leaps at the chance. The
colonists' radical—and illegal—science just might be her
only hope for a cure. Graysha must convince a group of
paranoid rebel scientists to trust the daughter of their
worst enemy, her mother.