By C. J. Cherryh
Alpha Station, orbiting the realm of the atevi, has taken aboard 5 thousand human refugees from a destroyed station in a far off zone of area. With provides and housing stretched to the brink, it's transparent that the refugees has to be relocated all the way down to the planet, and shortly. yet to not the atevi mainland: fairly to the territory reserved for human, the island of Mospheira.
Tabini-aiji, the strong political head of the atevi, initiatives his terrific human diplomat, Bren Cameron, to barter with the Mospheiran executive. For the Alpha Station refugees signify a political faction that the folks of Mospheira broke from centuries in the past, and those Mospheirans usually are not keen about welcoming those immigrants from area.
within the a long time Bren has served Tabini, he has develop into enmeshed within the atevi global in a fashion no human ever has earlier than. Bren is now an atevi lord, together with his personal property at the mainland, his personal loved ones, and his personal Assassin’s Guild bodyguards. he's a precious source to Tabini and has develop into just about Tabini’s younger son and inheritor, Cajieri, the 1st atevi baby ever to develop up within the presence of a human.
Tabini, impatient with human politics, has ordered Bren to come to the island of his start in his legitimate ability as an atevi lord, together with his complete atevi retinue. Bren is to notify the president of Mospheira that he's now not his diplomat, that Mospheira needs to soak up the refugees from Alpha, and that there's no different appropriate answer. And one of the refugees are 3 young children requiring distinct security simply because Cajieri has made them his “associates”—a bond of atevi loyalty that's unbreakable and lifelong.
whereas Bren travels to Mospheira, Tabini sends Cajieri to the rustic to go to his uncle Tatiseigi—a political gesture to shore up an outdated guy and provides the boy a well-earned holiday, a loved chance to flee the formality of the atevi courtroom. Tatiseigi’s friends, even though, are decided to finish an outdated feud to their very own satisfaction….and Cajieri’s presence is simply the excuse they need.
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Convergence (Foreigner) by C. J. Cherryh