Set in the near future and inspired by the captivating myth of the
warrior queen Califia, this brilliantly inventive novel tells the
story of a small, peaceful community of women tucked away in a
world gone mad.
Only the elders of the Valley remember life the way it used to be,
when people traveled in automobiles and bought food others had
grown. When the ratio of male to female was nearly the same. Before
the bombs fell, and a deadly virus claimed the world's men.
Now, civilization's few surviving males are guarded by women
warriors like Dian, the Valley's chief protector, as fierce and
loyal as the guard dogs she trains. When an unexpected convoy of
strangers rides into her village, it is
Dian who meets them, ready to do battle.
To her surprise, the visitors come in peace and bear a priceless
gift, whose arrival is greeted with as much suspicion as delight.
And indeed, the strangers want something in return, a request that
could change the future of
the Valley into one of hope--or utter desolation.
It is up to Dian to discover their motive, in a journey that will
cost her far more than she ever imagined, a journey from which she
may never return.
"From the Paperback edition."
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• Laurie R. King
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