Inside front cover:
What a time for an “exchange student” to arrive, Daria thinks, especially one from another planet! Daria is one of Earth’s youngest licensed breeders of endangered species, and she is busy enough caring for her own menagerie without having to cope with Fen. Besides his color-shifting and endless questioning, there is something about the way this lanky alien looks at her animals, and his stubborn, even hostile refusal to talk about the creatures of his own world makes Daria nervous.
Fen, on the other hand, couldn’t be happier with his new Earth family. Hoping for one pet, he has landed in a zoo. Not one of his fellow exchange students, living in homes scattered across the face of Earth, has been so lucky, but each has found at least one animal to love, and all cherish the same wild, mysterious dream.
With a sharp eye for human, alien, and animal ways, Kate Gilmore has written a challenging tale.