By Anne McCaffrey

Forbidden through her father to take pleasure in tune by any means, a woman in the world Pern runs away, taking guard with the planet's hearth lizards who, with her song, open a brand new existence for her.

This is the 1st a part of the Harper corridor trilogy.

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