This takes place on the planet Ix-thlan in 3025, about 600 years after a crew from Earth have been captured by beetle-like Goldmen and their descendants enslaved with the help of the dream drug loofah. Some of these ""Strangeborn,"" called Old Believers, still hold secret faith in a Homeland to which they will eventually return. Desta is not so sure, until a set of crystals given her by a now-departed Believer uncle puts her in touch with Cass, a girl from the original crew who has slipped into the future (Desta's time) to avoid capture. The problem then is how Cass, Desta, and the presumably retarded Holy Boy in Desta's care can escape to the Homeland. After an arduous and terrifying lizard-back journey, they do find the Homeland, not on earth but furhter on in an Ix-thlan future where Desta is reunited with her uncle and milk and honey fairly flow in the streams. It's all properly engineered for space-fantasy addicts, without pretentious writing but also without a breath-catching plot twist or a novel idea in the whole adventure.