NASA astrobiologist, Gabriel Greenley, is called in to study this new lifeform that at first appears similar to a botanical species known as oxalis. As a psi-sensitive, Greenley quickly learns the specimen is highly intelligent and potentially dangerous when he attempts to take a leaf sample. He backs off, frustrated, desperate to investigate the scientific details of this new botanical species that combines intelligence with a metabolism based on photosynthesis. Meanwhile, the specimen, a flora peda telepathis named Thyron from the planet Sapphira, is investigating his new environment through all frequencies of the electro-magnetic spectrum as well as his suite of psychic abilities that includes remote viewing.
Greenley eventually gets his leaf sample and makes a ground-breaking discovery that he can never share, due to his security oaths and research agreement at this Top Secret facility. Before long, however, he's confronted by an ethical dilemma that forces him to make a treasonous and potentially deadly decision.
A finalist in the 2017 Book Excellence Awards, this unique combination of hard science fiction, suspense, intrigue, and a touch of humor has been described as a "dark version of ET: The Extraterrestrial." Strong characterizations, a mysterious setting loaded with intrigue, and unexpected plot twists make this an unforgettable tale whether you're a science fiction fan, botanist, UFO aficionado, or simply enjoy a good story.
Marcha Fox is an avid science geek with over 20 years’ experience working for NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in physics at Utah State University, which was but a prelude to her interest in the unexplained mysteries of the cosmos. Inspired by science fiction to pursue a career in a technical field, she hopes to instill the same fascination in her readers by including accurate science in her family-friendly stories written in the tradition of classic hard sci-fi.