In his biography of the young king, Edward VI of England, historian W.K. Jordan
wrote "the tutors selected with such shrewd care by Henry VIII had made a king;
they had also destroyed a boy."
Edward Tudor was nine years old when he
became king in 1547. It was a time of great
challenges with the future of England being
decided for centuries to come. The
councilors who raised Edward were
determined men who would stop at nothing
to achieve their goal: to save their country.
From the roots of this struggle comes the
story of Grey Waters, born in a time of
danger and raised by the colony's ambitious
computer systems. For the computers, the
stakes are even higher. They seek to save a
The first book of the series draws
upon the traditions of Jean Auel's
Clan of the Cave Bear and Edgar
Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the Apes.
Sometimes light-hearted, at other
times quite grim, this novel tells how
young Grey Waters is forced to grow
up alone on an isolated lunar colony
where he suffers the enmity of his
nemesis, the Security Computer, and
the Machiavellian schemes of his
guardian, the Life Support Computer.
During the lonely years of his
childhood, Grey gradually learns of
his human heritage and the destiny for
which he is being trained. He comes
to believe the sacrifice worthwhile,
but he will never learn to trust the
Though Tranquility's Child is generally suitable for younger readers, the subsequent novels
become increasingly sophisticated. But like Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, one should not be
fooled by the Tom Sawyerish storytelling. This book contains many serious themes.