Throughout the civilized galaxy, in spacers' ports on the most far-flung worlds, an ancient Terran legend echoes . . . about a race of magical beings called the Little People or the Fairy Folk. What if there is truth behind the old stories and songs? What if such a race really exists, fleeing from world to world one step ahead of mankind's ships?
Farree has to know. Orphaned as a child, his earliest memories are of a life of near slavery in a squalid port town---but he knows he was not born on that world, and the wings on his back are proof that the People may be more than mere legend. He has never seen another of his kind, but if they exist, he means to find them.
Yet there are others, equally determined to find the home of the People, others with more sinister reasons to go a-hunting.
This book is a sequel to FLIGHT IN YIKTOR, but can be read well on its own.
Farree, the misshapen orphan rescued from the slums of the Limits who discovered his wings in Flight in Yiktor , now seeks his own kind, known only from distant legends associated with a fabled Terran past. With Free Trader Krip Vorlund and the sorceress Maelen, his friends and protectors who have found wings such as his for sale in a market, he begins a journey to his birth planet. There Winglings, Hodlins, Darda and others battle men who would enslave them and steal the treasures long associated with the Little People, whose efforts to save themselves are hampered by treason, internecine warfare and their inability to touch iron. Norton, who wrote about the Faerie in Huon of Horn , takes these mythical people to the edge of extinction in the far future, where she allows her engaging hero to find his destiny.