|Mandarin paperback, 1989. Cover illustration by Terry Pastor.|
"On a routine exploration mission, Captain Ericho Brad, and the crew of the starship Alchemon, discover an alien life form on the hostile planet of Sycamore. Against his better judgement, but at the insistence of his scientists, the Captain brings the alien on board. And then the nightmare begins.
The ships robots start to malfunction, a crew member commits suicide and the Sentinels, fail-safe devices built into the ship, threaten human life in favour of the mission. Brad knows he is losing control.
His one hope is Mars Lea, a psionic, whose immense psychic capability is the source of the alien's power. Only she stands between the alien and the destruction of the Alchemon."