Azsla and her crew are traveling from her
home on Rama to Zor. Azslaís parents were killed when slaves
cast a rebellion and escaped to Zor. Azsla is working
undercover, pretending to be a slave in order to get to Zor
and discover if they might be preparing to attack Rama.
Several malfunctions on the ship cause them to abort and eject
into space in their sleep pods. Azsla prays they will survive
and be rescued.
Derrek Archer is a wealthy mining
entrepreneur. He mines and delivers the life-building salt
people need to become strong and healthy. Firsts- those born
to privilege on Rama- are stronger, taller and healthier than
slaves because they have access to salt. On his way to a
meeting in Zor, Derrek is asked to pick up the pods and
investigate what happened to those who may have survived.
The concept of slaves being equals is
foreign to Azsla but Derrek believes they should all be
equals. Derrek and Azsla are attracted to each other and
Derrekís attraction is nearly overwhelming, but Azsla is a
spy. Can these two born enemies find a future together?
Solar Heat is an
interesting story. Although it takes place in a different time
and place, the similarities to modern prejudices are obvious.
Itís a unique way to look at an age-old dilemma. Solar
Heatís outer space planets and terminology are
entertaining and the romance is strong. Itís a good story.