Have we got a planet for you. And don't worry: nothing native to Delta Pavonis is likely to hurt you; humans are too alien to be tasty. At least that's what they said during orientation. Dierdre Jamail isn't quite sure she believes them—she's never believed an authority figure in her young life. That's why she's been assigned to Delta Pavonis, in fact, rather than to some more promising planet: Delta P. is the absolute least desirable exploration point in the entire galaxy. But Dierdre's always been lucky—and she's about to make the find of the century—and run into some serious authority figures.