Hanson Potts loaded his family onto a starliner and floated the long months to the colony of Geralt with hopes of living free from the interference of the United Systems. He has worked hard alongside his fellow compatriots of Zeb Griffin, and their efforts to complete their construction contract reward them with a planet untainted by the United Systems' bureaucracy. The golden grasses that cover the landscape seem like an Eden until the first blotches of the orange blight appear in the fields. The blight brings horrible and merciless death. When the United Systems sends Dr. Rhodes to the planet to vaccinate the children and suffocate the disease, Hanson Potts must decide if it is best to compromise his faith so that his Maggie receives a needle's medicine, or if it is best to endanger those he loves for the principals that define him.
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