from the back cover: "The primitive jungle planet known as Gaea was one of the most distant outposts of the Interplanetary Union. But as far as both the natives and Margo Kemperer, the I.U.'s colonial administrator, were concerned, life on Gaea was just about perfect. At least until Margo's new assistant, Stephanie Leeds, arrived. Stephanie, a crusader from another colonial planet, seemed determined to turn the whole structure of Gaean society upside down. But what Stephanie didn't seem to realize was that she was about to tackle three very powerful opponents: Margo, who wouldn't let anyone upset the delicate balance of her world; the proud and intensely loyal Gaeans; and the jungle itself -- the dark, brooding, deadly jungle, where the first mistake she made might very well be her last ...."