Two planets circled Brinsen’s Star: Mundis and Secundis. On one, a tiny colony of refugees from Earth struggles and begins to thrive.
But seeds of destruction have been sown and taken root. Young people are growing impatient with the rule of their elders, and a schism in Mundian society threatens to consume it.
Then, from the void between the two planets, a strange space ship brings a challenge more deadly than any the inhabitants of Mundis have ever known. Now, in the face of this deadly threat they must do the impossible: Join together.
“First-rate entertainment . . . and food for soul-searching.” --Groff Conklin, Galaxy, 1954
“A top-notch original . . . a good interstellar action story.” --P Schulyer Miller, Astounding, 1954-1958
“First-rate story telling . . . scientific ingenuity . . . a fast-paced adventure with sustained interest.” --Robert Frazier, Fantastic, 1954
“Considerably more than 'gee-whiz' space adventure . . . soundly rooted in science . . . has the charm of Swiss Family Robinson . . . emphasis upon details . . . the pace is exciting and sustaining . . . for hours of reading, you couldn’t do better than Born Leader.” --Henry Bott, Imagination, 1954
“Worth reading for its convincing characterization and detailed treatment . . . a smooth, almost glib tale . . . “ --Robert Silverbert, Infinity, 1958