Humanity has been at war with the Halpa for countless centuries. Once in every several centuries, conditions are right for the Halpa to launch an attack on a single planet; then, humanity must either repel the attack or destroy the planet utterly, to prevent the Halpa from gaining a foothold.
This time, the attack is coming on the planet Noorhut, and Grandma Wannattel is the agent of human interests tasked with repelling the attack. Should she fail, the planet--along with her and all of the rest of the planet's inhabitants--will be destroyed.
With the (unknowing) aid of a young boy named Grimp, the attack is repelled, and Grandma Wannattel opines that Grimp may one day take her place as defender of Noorhut.
This is part of a series by Schmitz. The other three stories in the series appeared in Astounding.
|James H. Schmitz||Author|