Bio: Elisabeth Waters sold her first short story in 1980 to Marion Zimmer Bradley for The Keeper's Price, the first of the Darkover anthologies. She then went on to sell short stories to a variety of anthologies. Her first novel, a fantasy called Changing Fate, was awarded the 1989 Gryphon Award. She also worked as a supernumerary with the San Francisco Opera, where she appeared in La Gioconda, Manon Lescaut, Madama Butterfly, Khovanschina, Das Rheingold, Werther, and Idomeneo.
An agent of Terran Intelligence on the planet Wolf is being transferred to Vainwal when he's dragged off the starship and sent out on a mission which proves to be a series of complicated traps, set by multiple enemies--some of whom have mistaken him for someone else entirely. Note: This is Marion Zimmer Bradley's first published novel, a precursor to the Darkover series. Introduction by Elisabeth Waters.
Start with a school full of students learning weather magic. Add a young girl from Valdemar who doesn't believe in the mage gifts she's developing. Before you know it, you'll have quite a mess to deal with.