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A Brief description of “The Watchers of Sionon.”
Sionon is a dying planet. Aaronia, the daughter of the king, sees a flaming orb exploding on the cliffs of Yava. She feels this to be of great portent, perhaps a sign?
Jared Adams, science officer of the space ship Wayfarer, is the sole survivor of the crash which Aaronia sees. He is amazed when she and her Uncle show up at the crash sight. This planet was believed to be uninhabited.
Aaronia and her Uncle take him back to their summer camp to meet her father, King Neri. Because of his technology, Jared is thought to be a sort of devil and is imprisoned. All that saves him from death is Aaronia. She chooses Jared as her husband, thus forcing the king to reconsider. The king, through revelation, then realizes that Jared is the answer to prophesy. Jared is the one, the great Yava, the descendant of “he who was left behind,” who will save the people.
It turns out that the Watchers are the descendants of Enoch who is mentioned in the Bible, the prophet who with his entire city was taken from the earth. They look for this Yava, who they now believe Jared to be, to return them to the first garden.
Jared is given a place in the community and a seat on the council. He and Aaronia marry and make their home in the House of the Ancients which was reserved for the arrival of Yava nearly a thousand years earlier. These “Houses” are immense chambers, deep underground, which are where the people survive the extreme dry and cold of winter and why the people were never detected on this planet before.
Now, through the technology that nearly got him killed, Jared improves the conditions on Sionon, postponing starvation. Time is against them however as each year the planet dries up and no rescue arrives. The people still look to Jared to deliver them but how can he? He is just as much trapped on this dying planet as they are. He has a good life now but how long will they last?
His wife Aaronia dies in the thirteen year plague along with their smallest daughter and her father the King. Jared is dismayed to realize that he is next in line to be king. Not only that, but he is now required to find another wife. He meets that requirement in an unexpected way as he learns his new calling as King and Chief Watcher of Sion.
As he, his remaining children and his new wife return to the Ancient house, his daughter Sarah, who has her mother’s gift, dreams of a ship coming in the spring. Will another ship finally come as the circle of portents predict? Will Jared be able to deliver the Watchers?
(Read the continuing books of the trilogy to see how these prophecies are fulfilled.)