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Every future has dirty roots.
Marooned in the galactic backwaters of the HardCell company,
colonist Runt struggles to eke out an existence on a
newly-terraformed tropical planetoid. Since his clone-wife
died on entry, heâ€™s been doing the work of two on his
failing protein farm. Overworked and undersized, Runtâ€™s
dwindling hope of earning corporate citizenship has turned
to fear of violent â€śretirement.â€ť
When an overdue crate of provisions crashes on his beach,
Runt searches frantically for a replacement wife among the
tools and food. Instead he gets Ox, a mute hulk who seems
more like a corporate assassin than a simple offworld farmer.
Shackwacky and near-starving, Runt has no choice but to work
with his silent partner despite his mounting paranoia and
the unsettling appeal of Oxâ€™s genetically altered
pheromones. Ox plays the part of the gentle giant well, but
Runtâ€™s still not convinced he hasnâ€™t arrived with murder in
Between brutal desire and the seeds of a relationship,
Runtâ€™s fears and Oxâ€™s inhuman past collide on a fertile
world where hope and love just might have room to grow.
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