In Part 2, Daniel is beaten as Henn and Naomi argue. Naomi has decided to accept an arranged marriage to Daniel but Henn convinces her to wait until the Elders meet in one month. Henn then leaves town and cons his way into a caravan where he has seen CD players. There he befriends a slave woman, Darla. Stealing some food and a player, Henn slips away in the dead of night but is watched by Wilson, the Chief Guardsman. Before he can warn the camp, he is killed by Darla who then leaves the camp to follow Henn. Meanwhile, on the first clear day of spring, Naomi heads for the town market. There she argues with Daniel who tells her he will never be second to Henn. As Daniel storms away, Naomi collapses in the marketplace. We join the story as the militia is called in to investigate Wilson's murder.
Henn and Daniel have fought and Daniel has been sentenced to a public beating by Gandy. In defending him, Henn finally realizes how much Daniel hates him and retreats into the night. We pick up the next day with Henn returning to the tavern.
In the not too distant future, mankind hangs on the brink of disaster as the Zinsi steal precious natural resources. Hennigan Tanus must find a way to win the one he loves while avoiding the town bully, the militia, and the omnipresent, though distant, Zinsi.
A story that I did for a contest. Let's just say it did not place in the top ten.