Earth has been allowed to colonize the Planet Garth only because its previous occupants went berserk and wiped out virtually all life there. But now humans, chimps, and their alien allies on Garth are being held hostage in a conflict that could affect the fate of the entire five galaxies.
The tenth anniversary edition of Brin's Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel. The Terran exploration vessel Streaker has crashed on the uncharted water world of Kithrup, bearing one of the most important discoveries in galactic history. Below, a handful of her human and dolphin crew battles a hostile planet to safeguard her secret--the fate of the Progenitors.
The year is 2013 and the future isn't what it used to be. There are no highways, no I-ways, no dreams of a better tomorrow--only scattered bands of terrorized survivors in what was once called the United States. Into this apocalyptic wasteland comes an enigmatic drifter with a mule named bill, a knack for the works of Shakespeare and something he has yet to discover: the power to inspire hope.