The Rowan Author:Anne McCaffrey The colonies of Altair were frontier settlements whose raw materials fed the factories of Earth. It was no surprise after torrential rains thundered across Altair that the small Rowan Mining camp was totally destroyed in a mudslide. What was surprising was the psychic wail of agony that went up, so loud and clear that it pierced the mind of eve... more »ry halfway sensitive telepath on the planet--and more surprising still, the discovery that this strong new psychic voice belonged to a three-year-old child, the lone survivor of the disaster.
They named her "the Rowan," not knowing any more about her than that, and she grew into a beautiful, magical-looking woman. She was also the most important Talent on the planet, using her enormous mental powers to help move cargo loads to all of the other inhabited worlds.
But it was a lonely life--an especially lonely life for a lovely woman who had been deprived of her childhood. The men who loved her were beneath her, and she loved no one--until Jeff Raven entered her life. His voice appeared in her mind one day: the strong call of a fellow telepath in distress. Jeff was a wild Talent, his latent abilities called forth by an alien attack that threatened to destroy his planet. With the Rowan's help, he drove back the invaders; now he wants only to find out more about the strong and fascinating woman who helped save his world.
Their tumultuous love affair means the end of loneliness for the Rowan, and the union of their Talents makes them the most powerful team in all the inhabited worlds--ready for the challenges they expect may await them, as the rest of the universe begins to notice the expansion of human settlements in space.« less