When four-year-old Sunlight on Water came through the Stargate looking for her father, Jack O'Neil's problems were just beginning. Explaining how he came to have a daughter was only the start, dealing with her symbiote was a total headache, and as for the letter that she brought with her...
"Colonel O'Neill," Hammond said, "You've committed two breaches of security regulations in one day. You leave me with no option other than a court martial."
Within days, O'Neill and his team were fighting for the safety not just of the SGC, but of a whole world. Millions were dying of plague. Was there anything that could be done to save them?
Cassandra rubbed her eyes, screwed them up and rubbed them again. "We're still losing people. Feretti died last night. I can't..." Her face crumpled and she buried it in her hands.
The bangles on her bare arms chimed together as Nirrti laughed. "There is no treaty, Colonel. The Asgard withdrew their protection from Earth long ago."
It was a fight that necessitated the most unlikely of allies:
"How come you're the one occupying the moral high ground here?" O'Neill demanded. Harry spread his hands in a 'who, me?' gesture. "It provides entertainment."
But how far can Harry Maybourne really be trusted?
"Maybourne," O'Neill said dangerously, "we had a deal."
"And you believed me?"
It's the tale of a tok'ra, Kantele, and his love for his host and his host's family.
It's a tale of laughter:
O'Neill negotiated most of the minefield successfully, but died on the borders of known space when hit by a section of egg-box. In death, he was avenged by Hammond who got into the spirit of things and returned fire with an assorted selection of paper death-gliders.
And a tale of friendship and love in the most unlikely of places. There are times and places when love is difficult and there are times when you know it's impossible. Just because you know it can't work, doesn't mean the feelings go away...
But above all, it's a novel that requires the characters to ask themselves the question: What matters most to you, and what price are you prepared to pay for it?
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Last updated on 21st of December 2007.