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The Fahr are alien song addicts and Planet Song is their name for the Earth.
Teracia is a member of the aquatic Fahr, the oldest and most powerful sapient species in the galaxy The Fahr are addicted to song, so much so that they create large corporate entities to travel the galaxy in search of pets that can sing. It’s a lucrative business and one that often tramples on other sapient species. Teracia, who has a deep concern for the fate of such species, talks her way onboard one of the Fahr corporate ships. She hopes to protect whatever sapient species they might encounter, a profoundly naïve notion.
She’s on the Fahr ship when it arrives on the Earth in the middle of the 14th century. There’s an immediate buzz on board with the realization that Earth’s ocean is teaming with aquatic singers. But there is also a problem. The planet has a sapient species, a stagnant and plague ravished humanity. By far law they must ensure that they’re pet collecting activities do not in danger this sapient species. But the Fahr on this ship are many light-years away from meaningful of enforcement this law. Teresita lobbies for the human race but to no avail. Commander Prostallen decides to collect the pets in defiance of the law and worry about the consequences later. When they finally land in the Pacific Ocean, they discover the real prize, the humpback whale. The song of this animal is so powerful that it kills the first 30 Fahr exposed to its song. But Prostallen soon realizes with certain dangerous frequencies filtered out, humpback whale song would become the ultimate sonic drug. The ship they have arrived in, however, is too small to transport a breeding population of these animals.
Humanity gets a reprieve when Prostallen decides to return to their home planet and get a bigger ship, a round trip journey that will take 650 years. No one in the Fahr leadership believes that humanity will present much of a challenge. They expect to be able to land in the Pacific Ocean and collect whales with minimal fuss. When they return to the Earth 650 years later, at the beginning of the 21st-century, the human race has evolved into a different beast. This one is capable of much stiffer resistance to Fahr corporate plans, but the Fahr now have too much invested to turn back. Against all odds Teracia must try and protect humanity from a war they can’t possibly win.