Inside a dome called the Pearl, Rett is selected to be the next tumba master. To keep civilization from ruin, she must bond with her hatchlings and the tumbas must accept her. Triumph is a heartbeat away when the tumbas’ feral ancestors crash in through the dome and kill her golden herd. Can she bond with the wild ones? Or is her dusty red world doomed?
Graduating from community college, Hetty Locklear hopes for a new life. Her diploma doesn’t change anything. She delves deeper into her nerd-girl fantasy where she’s the savior of a dying ancient galactic race. When she’s not role playing in the game world she created, she’s still stuck working at the convenience store and doused in coffee stains. Her parents didn’t bother to come home but manage to send her an invitation to join them on the Renaissance Faire circuit for the summer. Her first reaction is to say no, until a ghost starts stalking her and a séance claims she’s in danger.