Forerunner #2. Author: Andre Norton.
After the colonial planet Demeter descends into chaos, taken over by prejudice and an outlaw, Charis Nordholm takes the first way out – a indefinite labor contract with a trader. It is this contract that brings her to the planet Warlock to be a go-between in meetings with the mysterious natives. But nothing is quite what it seems on the planet of the dreamers, and Charis must walk a fine line between dream and truth as she discerns what the real danger here is.
Not one of Norton’s best by any means, but an enjoyable sci-fi escape. It’s always a breath of fresh air to have a strong heroine without any romance.
Sexual content: None.
Violence: Character flees settlers, is captured and tied up. Character remembers other people being killed by a mob, no detail. Character is forced into signing an open-ended labor contract. An animal smashes birds with its tail. There are some purely mental (psychic) battles.