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Inveigled into a survey of botanical art on Versimmon, Bernice is disappointed
to get bogged down in an unseasonal cold spell – and to discover that Ruth has
some radical ideas about how the living archive should be managed.
Why is a hailstorm bringing back memories of a war two generations gone?
Where are Versimmon’s first animals appearing from? And who can Bernice
trust on a planetfull of budding artists? As the forest world is bombarded by
ice and the collection’s guards start disappearing, the archaeologists and
themselves getting back to their roots and branching out into local politics.
All the time, the weather on Versimmon is changing, and its inhabitants will
and that revolutionary times demand revolutionary works of art…