The story involves a deadly disease that nearly wipes out the Pernese population. Moreta is a weyrwoman at Fort Weyr who sets out to save the human population, racing against time itself. The follow-up novel, Nerilka's Story, tells the tale of the same event from a different perspective. From wikipedia.
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Book Description Brandywine Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Minimal damage to cover and binding. Pages show light use. Bookseller Inventory # G0887330037I3N00
Book Description Brandywyne Press, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. In VG+ slipcase- velvety boards and slipcase: Signed by author on publisher's tipped-in page; Signed First Edition; 9.80 X 7 X 1.50 inches. Bookseller Inventory # 335957
Book Description Brandywyne Books, California, 1984. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. First American Edition. Light blue suede hardcover shows no wear and appears unread. The slipcase has a tiny ink mark on back cover and shows only the very slightest pressure wear on bottom of box. THIS HAS BEEN SIGNED BY MCCAFFERTY ON A SPECIAL PAGE. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Slipcased. Bookseller Inventory # 19988
Book Description Brandywine Press, San Francisco, 1984. Color Boards. Book Condition: Fine. First Edition. 286pp + pp Bio. Light blue velour over board. Crisp red lettering on spine and front cover . Deluxe Limited Edition October, 1984. Signed by McCaffrey on Half-Title Page. No limitation number stated (rumored to be 500). Cased in velvet (velour) slipcase in Fine Condition with color illustration. USPS Tracking provided. (H) Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. By Author. Science Fiction. Bookseller Inventory # 18760
Book Description Brandywyne, Columbus, PA, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Limited Edition. Fine book crushed blue velvet boards in about Fine crushed blue velvet pictorial box, Deluxe Limited Edition, Signed. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 045845