In the future, corporations use other planets as they did third world countries--as locations for factories and suppliers of cheap labor and materials. When her company decides to move to another planet, 70-year-old Ofelia, realizing that the bureaucracy views her as a burden, decides to remain behind. But she soon discovers that the planet has an indigenous population--one that she must convince to coexist peacefully with her.
This book was slow-going in the beginning, and I almost abandoned it, but it turned out to be worth the effort in the end. Ofelia is a character that really resonated with me, although she is a generation older. Her close encounter of the third kind on the planet which the humans abandoned after a poorly planned colony failed was captivating and like nothing I've ever read before. I finished this novel feeling happy, and with an urge to read more from Elizabeth Moon. Big thumbs up. :