In a tiny village located in an unimportant backwater on a remote planet, a little girl named Jesika lives with her parents and Toby, her mysterious companion. Toby is a big man who looks nothing like the local people. His physical attributes (strength, stamina, quickness) are super-human, but he's also dim-witted and can barely talk. He has no memory of any time before the day (when Jesika was a baby) that a trader brought him to the village to work as a farm laborer. He is placid, peaceful, and he's no danger to anyone.
That is, not until the day Jesika and her mother are assaulted by bandits. He explodes into a burst of violence and kills six armed men in the blink of an eye. Later, the local people are shocked when he tells them he 'remembered' procedures for unarmed combat. How could someone with practically no IQ at all remember such a thing?
Matters escalate quickly when 20 more men come looking for whomever killed their six comrades. They aren't really bandits, it turns out, but disguised soldiers from an enemy country. It becomes quite clear that Jesika's protector is not an ordinary human, and every time he remembers something, he becomes more intelligent. He is no longer a simpleton.
The peaceful villagers are stunned and fearful. They contact the man - a Master Sage from the capitol city - who had consigned Toby to be delivered to the village earlier, . He reveals secrets of Toby's past - as much as he knows of it, that is.
The men who were killed earlier were scouts for an enemy invasion force. Jesika's homeland will soon be caught in the crossfire of two battling armies.
What can Jesika's Angel do to save her from this danger? No one, not even the Master Sage, knows either the story of his creation or the exact nature of what he is – and especially they don’t understand what is about to be unleashed to protect one small child.
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- Bob Craton, April 2012
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