I came to this time through a time hole and I’m told I’m always in the present. That’s what the Yar Sirray said. She also said the time holes were destroying the Yars’ lives, that their world was plagued by them. They escaped and came here. People in this time on Earth accept the Yars as companions, but I don’t trust them. It’s something about their flat black eyes and sandy, scaly skin. Their answers to my questions are half-truths. I can tell.
Kathy Pennington is still on the planet Jauthur, and still in the clutches of her grandmother, the Dowager Empress of the Val. The empress wants Kathy to succeed her on the throne; Kathy just wants to go home to Chicago and be the scientist she's always wanted to be.