Cut off from Earth for over a century, the people of Mandala have created an utterly unique society and developed religious beliefs and cultural customs that are completely their own.
Now word has arrived that thousands of new colonists most of whom are frozen in cryogenic suspension are en route from Earth. Fearing a crippling shift in the planet's balance of power, the prime minister vows to do whatever it takes to keep them away.
But someone else knows that their coming. A young deaf mute, Drew Randall, can communicate in his own unconventional way. And someone or something has told him that the new colonists have finally arrived...
Human colony on a distant planet, struggling with powering-mongering that is turning toward tyranny. A child is contacted by a force calling itself "God", but which tracks suspiciously close to the planet's moon. Good supense, interesting ideas, characterization is a little flat. There's a little bit of the "if we could only listen to the children, we would somehow find our way to what is right" attitude (which bugs me), but that's my personal pet peeve.