second book in the justly famous trilogy, this is also a stand-alone full of mystery and romance, set in a fascinating world
From Amazon.com: "From Library Journal
Former Intergal officer Yanaba Maddock allies herself with the residents of her adopted planet Petaybee against her one-time employers to prevent the mineral rape of a sentient world. Shortsighted opportunists clash head on with stubborn defenders of a world and a way of life in this sequel to Powers That Be (LJ 5/15/93). McCaffrey and Scarborough collaborate seamlessly to tell a first-rate sf adventure with strong male and female protagonists and a life-affirming theme."
The girl's name Yanabe Maddock, has a short lived career as a company spy ended the moment the plant Petabybee and its people had adopted. Now she was deciated to keeping indergal from exploding and wounding-or killing- the world she has comed to love. For intergal persisted in denying that Petabybee with sentiment, and nothing would stop it from shipping the ore rich planet-sentiment or not. So Wana and her friends would have to find some other ways to prove that the plant was worth more to the company alive than dead....
sequel and 2nd in the powers that be trilogy