The Lady and the Tiger
Dr. Shona Taylor takes on a new assignment, and discovers a chilling reality behind a picture perfect planet…What price for paradise?Jardindor is, by most estimates, a new Eden: from the number of trees to the exact spacing of every lamppost and garden, the alien planet is perfection, a totally controlled terraformed world on the outreaches of colonized space. When Dr. Shona Taylor receives her posting as physician to the settlers on Jardindor, she packs up her family – children and medical menagerie, as well as Chirwl, the alien ottle – expecting a very serene six months.But the people of Jardindor are guarding more than their perfect world. They’re hiding a dark secret, and as Shona learns more about her new hosts and their strange fascination with animals, her new job turns into a nightmare.
“Shona, Shona, hurry,” Ivo said, shaking her awake. “Gershom wants you. It’s the elephant, she’s kicking up a fuss.” He waited while she shoved her feet into ship boots, and led the way back through the forest of cargo netting to the rear of the ship.
“What is it?” she asked. Gershom and Susan were peering through ……