Clan rule was law and their law was truth. No two different manipulators could create a child who could manipulate, so each clan kept to their own, and punished any who strayed. When a child born to Mark and Wendianne Sommers of the North Shore Light Clan began showing talent to manipulate more than just light, her parents tried to escape the clan in fear of their lives and the life of their six year old daughter, Samantha. But it all went horribly wrong and Wendianne was killed, leaving Mark on the run with his daughter and her nanny, hiding in the coastal slums to raise his daughter clanless.
For Sam, memories of plush luxury and technological advantage is always associated with the people who killed her mother. Now all grown up, Sam is working as a Light Sensor for a stage manager and sound engineer. When her friend Bradley, a sound clan runnaway is abducted after a concert one night, she learns just what kind of rule the clans demonstrate to those who leave their clans. They don't let go of their own.
In defiance of her father's wishes, and the blessing of her long-time friend and childhood nanny, Sam decides to join Earth's Space Forces in the hopes of learning more about her manipulation talents and finding a place to call home. But the prejudices of the clans saturate the ESF and enlisting in the ESF navy might be more dangerous than Samantha first realised.
Now with an enemy haunting her every move, and a navy training that exposes all that she is trying to hide, it takes all the years of training for Samantha to save herself, only to realise that it isn't just one woman alone in need of salvation.
Please note: This story is written in UK English.