When a lost colony ship is found two centuries later, the United Planets Republic is surprised to learn that the colonists have made planet Delphi their home. Even more surprising, they have developed the ability to tell the future . . . and have prophesied imminent interstellar war.
Lancer Morgan reluctantly undertakes a secret mission to investigate their claims and do what he can to bring Delphi into the Republic before rebels find a way to misuse them. At least one thing goes right—their lead oracle, called the Golden Pythia, is a gorgeous woman.
Thena, the Golden Pythia, has the highest accuracy rate on Delphi. Though most pythias don’t remember their own prophecies, Thena does, and that’s why she knows her Observer, Nevan, has falsifyied some of her predictions. Unfortunately, she can’t confront him, because pythias who remembered their prophecies have descended into madness. If she exposes him, she will lose her position and be locked away.
Lancer and Thena’s growing desire for each other complicates their efforts to battle a corrupt Councilman. Can Thena and Lancer find a way to save her sanity, her planet, and the entire Republic?
(Previously published in paperback by Dorchester)