Somewhere down the road mankind has fouled his own nest and is planting celestial colonies as a heritage escape. The discovery of planets that take a minimal amount of terraforming is a major boon. One planet is seeded with a Hopi Indian culture.
The Hopi mythology is alluded to in this book with out a great deal of background. The Hopi are assured that if they promote the development on a stable ecology that the planet will be theirs. Due to the historic obfustication of the Reed, the Earth governing body, the Hopi are skeptical that they will be allowed to keep the planet.
Distrust of governing bodies as well as bad behavior by said governing bodies is the common thread throughout the book. The arrival of aliens who appear to have had first claim on the planet provides one leg of the tension of the plot. Their arrival precipitates the Reed into expected proprietary behavior.
The interplay between SandGreyGirl, her mother, the aliens, the competing local government bodies and the Reed representatives generate the action and adventure.
I recommend the book.
Again I am shocked that a writer doesn't have his own web site.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.