* The planet of Lusitania is discovered.
* Shortly afterwards the Catholic-Portuguese colonists settle on Lusitania.
* The Catholic Portuguese colonists discover a new alien race they call the piggies.
* The piggies are seen an opportunity for redemption and the Starways Congress order the race to be observed but not disturbed.
Chapter 1, Pipo,
* Pipo returns to his station to find the headmistress of the school waiting to talk to him.
* The mistress is concerned about a girl called Novinha who want to take a test to become a xenobiologist. The mistress wants Pipo to make sure the girl is ready for such a large responsibility.
* Pipo meets Novinha and decides she is ready to take the test.
* Pipo, his son, Libo, and Novinha become very close. One day they find the piggy, Rooter, mutilated behind a fence, a tree growing from his chest.
* Novinha shows Pipo evidence that the planet's...
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