Picture Gisel Matah, the kick-butt security agent of Deadly Enterprise and The Wildcat’s Victory, as a sixteen year old starship brat. Gisel is the youngest aboard the Iskander, at odds with her father, as irreverent and critical of everything as only a teenager can be, but full of wit and promise for the future. Four years earlier than the other adventures, the starship becomes stranded at the wrong planet, and a chain of events unfold that lead to the Iskanders bringing the wrath of several enemies down on themselves. How did this crew of super-smart engineers, doctors, and scientists manage to get into such trouble? It’s all in the circumstances.
Gisel is the lowliest member of the crew, only accompanying her father and older brother because engineering chief Dr Henrik Matah pulled strings to have her signed on as the personal trainer and gym manager. At arrival, she looks like becoming her father’s charity case – but her courage, knowledge of Greek, and athletic skills push her front and centre into the task of establishing the newcomers in an often hostile society.
Follow her adventures during the first five months of the Iskanders’ drive to use their modern knowledge to create a prosperous future on the 17th century alternate earth, Gaia. She crosses swords with knights; becomes the interpreter for arguments and negotiations; takes up residence in a castle; guides an assault party into a fortress; meets a king; and falls in love for the first time – twice. More than a coming of age story, Arrival takes Gisel through a crash course to adulthood that sets the direction of her life for the danger-filled career to come.