The Eighth Pass is over. At Fort Weyr, D’gar, Herebeth’s rider faces the future without his weyrmate, lost to Thread just two Falls before the last.
When Lessa brings the five Weyrs forward to the beginning of the Ninth Pass, he must face his fears, try to adapt to an altered world and take the risk of falling in love all over again.
It's the year 2032. The Unites States has just ended a civil war, with the western states seceding from the union to become The Pacific Republic. Dr. Elliott "Ell" Pierce is a trauma physician with a dark past serving in the Army of The Pacific Republic. When he meets Ryan, a rugged Texan with a heart of gold, he starts to confront his demons hiding in his past. At first he fights it, but he soon realizes that it is possible to find new love in the midst of uncertain world.
Danni Aarmodt is exiled to Planet Redemption, a penal planet. Surrounded by Earth's worse criminals and jagged glaciers, Danni must not only learn to survive the cruel planet's treacherous inmates, unpredictable weather, and psychological affects of isolation but the ancient evil that has been dug up from underneath the ice and awoken.
Alex Walker is your average Kid, he loves computers and conspiracy theories. On a normal Saturday, he and his brother are wrenched from their lives and hidden in an underground bunker for six months. Alex must find out why he and the other children have been put down there and survive to emerge from the bunker. With strange happenings and a saboteur, Alex has his hands full with the group of teens he must now lead.
Elliot Kestle leads a dreary existence. From taking care of his sick mother, to working all the time, he can't seem to catch a break. But when a mysterious stranger crashes into his fragile world, he finds out that not all is what it seems...
Barken is charged with imprisonment for the illegal use of his powers under the oppression of a ruthless ruler by the name of Deko. As a result, his lover Diego aids in his escape and the two become fugitives of the law. While underground, the two are exposed to a fantastic and dangerous world outside their humble town, and soon begin to hear whispers of resistance against Deko.
Arad Ansari is a homeless street slug in the Grey District A-5 colony. Work is hard to come by and he has to compete with the animal/human hybrids called DemiShou, forcing him to make his way in less than savory methods. Getting off-planet sounds like a godsend, but fate has a way of complicating the best opportunities of a man with little luck.